$20M approved for ‘A Taste of Carnival’ events

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$20M approved for ‘A Taste of Carnival’ events

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts announce that $20M has been approved for A Taste of Carnival.

In a media release issued by the Ministry this evening, the budget allocated to the National Carnival Commission is $15,000,000.00 for the hosting of its events along with the three special interest groups, Pan Trinbago, TUCO, and the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands Association.

The Ministry said another $5,000,000.00 will being provided in sponsorship support to a number of smaller, separately promoted safe zone type of events.

This the Minsitry said will be used for sponsorship to assist in offsetting some expenditure related to the payment of artistes and performance fees to the creatives involved through the Ministry’s approved application process.

“Funding for a “Taste of Carnival” will be sourced from the Ministry of Finance, as well as from usual revenue streams related to sponsorship as well as gate receipts received by the NCC and the separate event promotions.”

The Ministry said a “Taste of Carnival”, “signals a cautious restart of the entertainment sector in the overall economy.”

Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Senator, Randall Mitchell said, “The bulk of this budgetary allocation will be going to those who have been most impacted by the pandemic: the artistes, the performers, the pan men, the artisans, and those to be employed in ushering, security, and other areas in an industry that is labour intensive.