“Carnival is NOT ON!”
Sentiments expressed by the Trinidad and Tobago Promoters Association in response to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts to host Carnival 2022, allowing for Kings & Queens shows, Steelband concerts, Calypso and Soca shows – no fetes or parties allowed outside of state designated ‘safe zones’.
In a release issued this afternoon the TTPA said while the name “Taste of Carnival” is important, it has no impact on the Arts & Entrainment industry.
”The headline reading ‘Carnival is On’ is misleading and it has caused tremendous confusion for stakeholders. As a nation we have missed the opportunity to activate ‘Carnival’ for 2022.”
The TTPA said it is not “aligned with an agenda that only supports state funded events, at state owned venues a few short weeks before the traditional Ash Wednesday end of carnival date, with no sense of what happens thereafter.“
The TTPA said it is a private sector body using personal funds to generate employment and as such they do not receive state funding.
“We do not have the luxury of tax payer funds to prop us up, we have to be profitable to survive.”