Carnival Calendars

If you are coming to Trinidad for Carnival bookmark this post because it has the dates of all the must-see, never-been-to-but-want-to, and regional Carnival events for Carnival 2017.

This first is from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.culture-carnival-calendar-2017

The Second is from the National Carnival Commission. This one is the one to bookmark for stickfighting and parades of the bands.


Fetes are an important part of the festivities. Bishop’s was last Saturday and I had a ball. So keep following your Trini friends on Facebook and check the fete calendar here . See you at Army Fete


Where’s Culture in Trinidad’s Budget?

The conversation on my Facebook feed after the budget was read out, is that this Government, like it’s predecessors (regardless of party) doesn’t understand or value the creative sector.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert spoke of spending $25 million to re-install a state of the art audio system in the National Academy of the Performing Arts (NAPA). He also spoke of building 8 community centres this year, and their plans to build, or renovate, others in 2017. These community centres will hold music and arts classes because Government sees their value. The Government says it will engage stakeholders to develop ways to better integrate culture in our tourism thrust,  and Sandals is expected to spend a $100 million on services, quite  a bit of that would be for culture and entertainment.

But Trinidad and Tobago is supposed to be thinking serious about diversifying it’s economy,  and moving away from it’s dependence on oil and gas. The rumblings on my Facebook feed suggests that people aren’t seeing where in the budget that Government has put anything in place to support the development, or creation of, a creative sector, that many believe has the power to support our economy.

But my answer to those people is, what did you expect? You have a Government that isn’t accustomed to thinking about culture as something other than entertainment, or something to pacify the masses. They don’t “know” that it has real monetary value. So what is required now is civil action, to craft and then encourage the type of policy this country needs when it comes to culture.

The first step is creating a National Cultural Policy, and enforcing it. The NCP will guide how we treat with cultural things, ensure that it is included in the national education sylabuslabus, it will provide protection for cultural spaces etc. Then you create a Cultural Development Policy which will deal with the development of the sector including supporting its industrial development. But what is required now is the action of people in the creative sector to tell Government what it wants and direct how they are to get it.


Nneka Luke moves to FilmTT

FilmTT Appoints New General Manager

Nneka Luke

 Port of Spain, 30th August, 2016: The Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (FilmTT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Nneka Luke to the position of General Manager effective 1st September, 2016.

Chairman of the Board, Camille Selvon Abrahams shared that this selection was a meticulous decision. “Ms. Luke was carefully selected from a group of highly qualified applicants. Her background in festivals, film and finance showed us that her base was wide and included elements that are critical for taking film in T&T to the next level,” she explained.

Ms. Luke possesses a unique combination of film industry experience and brand and communications expertise, which ideally positions her to lead the growth and development of FilmTT. She has held several senior roles in corporate communications, managing internal and external communications; brand and company strategy; sponsorship, events, and publications.

Her most recent role was External Relations Director at the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) where she directly contributed to the growth of the Festival and the overall brand at local, regional and international levels, to the increase of local audiences through cohesive brand and communications planning and execution, and built a regional and international network in the film industry that includes contacts in Europe, USA, South Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

Ms. Luke’s experience of building ttff’s brand, her knowledge of the local, regional and international film industries and years of state and private sector communications experience, makes her the ideal leader to take on the role of General Manager at FilmTT.

“After almost six years of involvement in the local film industry, first as a private sector sponsor and then at the ttff, it is exciting to have the opportunity to now contribute to its development at the state level. I see only the many possibilities to build on the foundation work that has been done to create a strategically-developed film industry that serves both international productions and T&T’s creative producers,” Ms. Luke stated.

Selvon Abrahams also added, “Her immense network of professionals in the field, and an understanding of film financing and support makes her suitably primed to take on this important role in the industry. She also has a wonderful connection to the local film stakeholders which is extremely important for us as we believe that we have some bridges to build in order to move forward.”


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