Where was the Minister of Culture? …”CARNIVAL WAS A SUCCESS”

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Was the Minister of Community Development, Culture, and Arts around for Carnival?

Maybe not, otherwise, she would not have attended the post-cabinet press conference on Thursday and admit that Carnival was a success.
Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said she felt the festival was a success and congratulated the range of organizers, including the National Carnival Commission (NCC).
The same NCC, which made a boo boo with the Dimanche Gras show, where there was a lull for one hour, which forced NCC Chairman Kenny De Silva to publicly apologize through a press conference and newspaper advertisements.
Is this the same NCC, which for the second straight year, did not utilize the North Stand for Dimanche Gras, and could not even fill the Grand Stand? De Silva took the blame for the fiasco and is even considering stepping down.
The Minister said there was a constant flow of bands on Carnival Tuesday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, when, according to her, mas usually petered out by mid-afternoon in previous years. She said mas went beyond seven o’clock that evening and was a result of increased participation.
Clearly, Dr Gadsby-Dolly has not been around over the years. How many of the Carnival shows under the auspices of the NCC, were sold out?
Gadsby-Dolly said the post-Carnival analysis has also begun and she expects financial data on the season that will in part inform the way forward for the festival.

“The buck stops with me,” Kenny De Silva has admitted.

This in light of what he agreed were the embarrassing screw-ups at Sunday night’s Dimanche Gras show at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

These screw-ups included long lapses between the performances of the guest artistes after the National Calypso Monarch competition, audio problems and a very long wait for the results which came around 1 a.m.

Ian Wiltshire was the new producer for this year’s show.
De Silva has held the position of chairman three times. His first stint was under the former Patrick Manning-led People’s National Movement (PNM) administration, but he resigned in 2006, following an alleged rift with then minister of community development, culture and gender affairs, Joan Yuille-Williams.

In 2010, De Silva was again named chairman during the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People’s Partnership administration, but tendered his resignation in 2011. He was re-appointed chairman in October 2015, one month after the PNM assumed office.
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