A Carnival without competition.
That’s the plan thus far for the committee at the helm of Tobago’s Carnival in October.
Committee chairman Meisha Trim, during a press conference in Scarborough on Friday, said the inaugural event, carded for October 28th to 30th, will differ from the national Carnival held in February/March and will be 72 hours of pure bliss, but will not be competitive in nature.
She said, “Because of this product being new and a separate build out from what we are accustomed to, we have taken the decision – and it is not final, of course, it is pending final consultation – that there is no need for competition.”
“This is a showcase of our island’s best, pulling out our talent and presenting it to the world for consumption. So it is not necessarily the space for competitiveness. That remains within the national scheme of things when Carnival occurs in 2023…We showcasing talent, craft, art and presenting it to the world,” Trim noted.
Trim said the budget for the October Carnival is still being finalised, but they still hoped to have a schedule of events out by July.
“We have built out a two- to four-week window to present a full plan of action for this Tobago October Carnival. As we move along, we will build out what you would expect but the THA is responsible for 72 hours – Friday to Sunday – of pure bliss and ecstasy on the island.”
She said the committee will engage in “extreme multi-tasking” within the next few weeks.