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Posted: Wednesday 9 January, 2019 at 9:51 PM

2018 Caribbean Carnival Chairperson Convention

By: (SKNNCC), Press Release
    January 9th, 2019 -- During the week of December 27th thru 30th, 2018, as part of Sugar Mas 47, the St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival Committee (SKNNCC) hosted what was labeled as the Caribbean Carnival Chairperson Convention. The Forum was designed to bring Chairpersons, Presidents, Directors, etc., of various Caribbean Carnivals together to discuss regional integration from a Carnival perspective. As shown below in Table 1, 7 territories were represented including St. Kitts and Nevis.  Amongst the many Sponsors, the Royal St. Kitts Hotel was the major Sponsor, who assisted with Hotel Accommodations, Convention Services, and Catering. The SKNNCC thanks the Royal St. Kitts Hotel for being a sterling sponsor of National Carnival annually.
     

    2018 Caribbean Carnival Chairperson Convention Attendance

     

    Name

     

    Island

     

    Organization

     

    Position / Title

     

    Shayne Thompson

     

    Anguilla

     

    Anguilla Summer Festival Committee

     

    Deputy Chair ASF

     

    C. Lisa Rey

     

    Anguilla

     

    Anguilla Summer Festival Committee

     

    Chair Lady

     

    Ricardo Adams

     

    St. Vincent and The Grenadines

     

    Carnival Development Corporation

     

    Chairman

     

    Dwayne Grazette

     

    Barbados

     

    D.G. Events Creations & Concepts Inc

     

    Managing Director

     

    JAMES MAEVA

     

    Saint-Martin

     

    FCDSM

     

    General Secretary

     

    Claudine LAKE-MINGAU

     

    Saint-Martin (French)

     

    FCDSM - Festivites Carnavalesques de Saint-Martin

     

    Treasurer/Pageant Coordinator

     

    Luciana RASPAIL

     

    Saint-Martin (French)

     

    FCDSM - Festivites Carnavalesques de Saint-Martin

     

    President

     

    Charles Rollan

     

    Saint-Martin (French)

     

    FCDSM - Festivites Carnavalesques de Saint-Martin

     

    Public Relations

     

     Paula Gordon

     

    St. Maarten

     

    DASTRU

     

    Member

     

    Val Henry

     

    St. Kitts

     

    SKNNCC

     

    Advisor

     

    Noah G. Mills

     

    St. Kitts

     

    SKNNCC

     

    Chairman

     

    Allister Williams

     

    St. Kitts

     

    Ministry of Tourism

     

    Executive Director

     

    Troy Biff Mills

     

    St. Kitts

     

    Department of Cutlure

     

    Director

     

    Hon. Eric Evelyn

     

    Nevis

     

    Ministry of Culture

     

    Minister

     

    Hon. Shawn K. Richards

     

    St. Kitts

     

    Ministry of Culture

     

    Minister

     


    The Convention was guided by several Objectives. First and foremost, was the regional exchange of cultures, ideas, and other pertinent information related to the National Festivals of each Country. Another objective was hinged to the standardization and certification of Competition Judges at the local and regional levels. This would see our Judges for Calypso, Soca, and Calypso Competitions traveling the Caribbean to assist with transparency and equity.  Another aim of the Convention was to create networks and circuits for Artistes to travel the region expanding our brand of music, their professional Artiste Brands, our Culture, and our Carnival, as a Tourism Product. 

    The Convention was deemed a success by all, to the point where St. Vincent has already agreed to host the Convention for 2019, during their Summer Festival, Vincie Mas.  Further, plans are also being made for some local Calypsonians, Soca Artists, and Bands to travel to French St. Martin in mid-February to perform at their Festival. Similar exchanges are being planned for Anguilla and Barbados as well, later this year. 

    In commenting on the Convention, Noah Mills, the St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival Chairman touted the Convention as a huge success. This was evidenced by the attendance numbers, at a time of the year when many commit their time toward family and not traveling for business.  Additionally, the substantive exchanges have put all Attendees in a better position as it relates to rolling out their Carnivals. Further, with the 2019 deliverables agreed to by the Attendees, it shows that the Convention will serve as a trampoline to augment the overall quality of each Country’s Carnival.  Mills went on to thank the respective Governments, Carnival Committees and Representatives for willingness 
     

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