Finally, the world’s greatest Carnival returns to its original home, the Queen’s Park Savannah come 2011. This assurance was given by Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism, Winston “Gypsy” Peters on November 4 when he officially installed the new board of the National Carnival Commission at the Hilton Trinidad.
Returning to serve as Chairman of the NCC is Kenny De Silva who last held the post in 2006 when he stepped down for personal reasons. So greatly appreciated was the work done by De Silva during that tenure, the Government and Opposition beseeched him to change his mind and continue leading the NCC in its overseeing of the production of Carnival.
De Silva said after he and his board members were presented with their instruments of appointment that in his 30 plus years of being involved in Carnival his greatest disappointment is that the festival is still homeless. He promised the stakeholders gathered at the installment function that he and the board will impress upon the Government the importance of a permanent home being constructed for Carnival during this tour of duty.
Minister Peters did during his address give the assurance that a permanent home for Carnival will be erected at the Queen’s Park Savannah in the not too distant future and that a sound, functional and eye catching temporary structure will be put in place for the coming festivities.
The Minister also suggested that there be two Carnivals, one in Trinidad during the traditional period and another in Tobago possibly in the month of October after the last international carnival of the year styled after Trinidad & Tobago Carnival, which takes place in Miami, Florida. Peters said the Tobago Carnival will attract people from North America and Europe seeking to get away from the cold and will spell much greater revenue earnings for the nation.
As for Carnival 2011, De Silva said the NCC has already begun working on producing the best festival to date. The idea is to return Carnival to the people and ensure that everyone stands to benefit from whatever the festival brings in. De Silva said that thousands depend on the festival to earn income annually and he is going to make sure they are not disappointed.
Along with De Silva as Chairman, the NCC Board consists of; Deputy Chairman Don Sylvester, and members Cyril Collier, Lutalo ‘Brother Resistance’ Masimba (TUCO), Keith Diaz (Pan Trinbago), Kevin Rampersad, Owen Hinds (NCBA) and Glenda Rose Layne (THA).