With some creatives and musicians currently abuzz with the news that Miami will be staging their Carnival later this year, (in fact some artists are already prepping their exemption requests to leave our shores to fly the culture flag), izzso decided to reach out to the very popular Tribe/Lost Tribe family, to find out what they are up too, and if they have plans on doing events or costuming for Carnivals outside of TT.
Valmiki Maharaj, who is Creative Director for the entity, said while it is early yet to say, they have been in touch with stakeholders abroad. However, he said it is heartening and inspiring to creatives to see spaces reopening where one can celebrate.
In terms of what Tribe is doing now, Maharaj said “Firstly, the lockdown has been a real challenge on everyone in the creative industry, in terms of both pocket and mental and emotional space and creative space. Not to mention the news we have been seeing and hearing everyday, has labored on each person.”
He said what he has been seeing from their design team thus far, is expansion and exploration of new creative endeavours.
So Carnival or No Carnival 2022, is the Tribe team even looking ahead at this or is it too early for that?
The Tribe family presented a short film-like project for Carnival 2022 called Lavway and we asked Maharaj if we will be seeing that or another such production again for next year.
As a creative, how have you personally been coping with this lockdown and the inability to do what you love on a grand scale and what advice would you give to another creative struggling during the period?