Bully’s carnival date change suggestion given two thumbs down


first_imgEvents Director, Natalie Clarke-Meade.A suggestion by Dominica’s Cultural Advisor Dr. Alwin Bully to change the date of its Real Mas celebrations is not getting the full support of two top members within the carnival organization.Both Events Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee Natalie Clarke-Meade and a former senior cultural officer Noreen Joseph say they won’t support suggestions to move the event to the summertime.While there has been widespread debate on the matter, Bully has reasoned that the change will assist the Carnival in becoming more economically viable.He also justified his reasons by pointing out that Dominica’s carnival is competing with that of Trinidad and Tobago’s’.Clarke-Meade told Dominica Vibes News that she understands Dr. Bully’s reasoning based on the economic viability and the fact that Carnival comes after the World Creole Music Festival and some sponsors are not able to offer the level of sponsorship required.However she says this decision might have an impact on the Real Mas which is known for its traditional and spontaneous nature. “I don’t know how the people of Dominica would react to that because your Carnival is over 130 years old. It has run like clockwork every year leading up to Ash Wednesday, to now take away that tradition and that culture away and say that we want to put it at the end of June because we want it to be more economically viable, I don’t know how well that will go down with the common man and woman on the street.” Clarke-Meade also noted that “all minds have to contend and really think about this in a logical way”.Noreen Joseph during Costume Parade on Carnival Tuesday 2012.Cultural Icon Noreen Joseph also defers with Dr. Bully’s suggestion, arguing that Dominica’s Carnival is heavily based on culture and tradition while Trinidad’s own is based on costume. She explained that if the Carnival date is changed to Bully’s stipulated summertime date, Dominica might not attract people in the United States who normally take vacation to the Caribbean during this time due to the cold temperatures. She further explained that June/July would not be suitable either as this might affect the youth involvement in Carnival. “There were seven school bands this year if it’s in June or July most of them are somewhere else on vacation or April to May they are writing exams what is going to happen to that aspect of the Carnival; the youth Carnival, the Junior Carnival the people that we asking to take our places now what’s going to happen them?” she questioned.Joseph, who is also a former head of the road parade committee, suggests however that more focused be placed on the proper and effective marketing of Dominica’s tradition. “I am saying that if we concentrate on marketing our Carnival properly, if we market it more effectively we will reach a number of persons. I think that the other countries that celebrate Carnival at the same time is a totally different aspect of Carnival. I don’t think that there is any competition with Trinidad; Trinidad is totally costume and if you’re not in a costume band you cannot jump in Trinidad’s Carnival whereas you can have a T-shirt band here in Dominica, you can make a sensay and this is what we need to promote our traditional mas. I’m saying let us market more aggressively to those people and they will come.”According to Joseph that change will also affect the name “Carnival” as it would no longer precede the Lent season. “When we remove Carnival from its present date that precedes Lent we no longer have a Carnival we have a festival. It’s no longer a Carnival because Carnival as we know it precedes Lent. Where are you going to put Lent? We cannot shift Lent so people might even start to forget Lent because there was not the two days.”Joseph said; “It’s debatable and it will continue to create confusion maybe but I’m not sure changing of the date will stick but it’s my opinion”.Mrs. Clarke-Meade also noted that improved marketing should be the focus as opposed to a date change.She also highlighted the fact that Dominica’s Carnival is “still safe unlike Trinidad and Tobago which has a high crime and violence level, people can come here and be spontaneous”.She proposes that the marketing strategy should be changed; the festival should be branded properly and organized in a different way to entice more people to participate.Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions LocalNews Bully’s carnival date change suggestion given two thumbs down by: – February 23, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img

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