With the recent successful virtual staging of the Notting Hill Carnival in mind, head of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands Association, Rosalind Gabriel is of the view that Trinidad and Tobago can do something virtual in 2021.
Her statement follows the announcement on Monday by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
Speaking at a pre-budget forum at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain, Rowley said Carnival was the perfect breeding ground for the COVID-19 virus and could not be allowed to go on as usual.
However Gabriel thinks it can still happen virtually and later down in the year.
Using the recent Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 cricket tournament as another reference, she said this took place in TT with no live audience but was successfully broadcast globally.
She said “I certainly think something of this nature could happen in Carnival, where events are pre-recorded and broadcast to the world. I think it is possible to do events like that. But of course, it needs some time to investigate a bit. But I definitely think virtual events are possible.”
Gabriel said “This pandemic, although it is really dreadful, it has given us an avenue for innovation. I definitely think we are so creative we could put our minds together and come up with something spectacular even though it would not be something along the lines we were accustomed to. I think something is definitely possible.”