The cancellation of Carnival should be an opportunity for Tobago to take a look at the art form and culture on a broader perspective.
That’s the view of Chairman of the Tobago Festival Commission Limited, Denise Tsoi-A-Fatt-Angus.
She said: “I think Carnival is more than just Monday and Tuesday. There are opportunities to portray our pan, calypsoes and costuming.”
“When we come back on the road for the festival where do we want this Carnival to go? What are the possibilities? Maybe it should spark some conversations around all of the stakeholders on a national level because COVID is not going to suddenly dry up. It is something we have to live with for at least the next two years.”
Tsoi-A-Fatt-Angus added that Carnival must now be presented online in a way that is entertaining and educating.
She is also of the view that “Going virtual does not mean less revenue. It may end up being more revenue for us. We are having discussions on how we recoup on that revenue. I don’t want to say more. It may very well work out for all of us in the long run. If it is properly packaged you don’t have to charge big money.”
“The commission has been in talks with stakeholders to come up with something feasible.”
Tsoi-A-Fatt-Angus said “Having virtually hosted the Tobago Heritage Festival in July which attracted a wide viewership, they will build on what they have already achieved.”