The Carriacou Carnival Committee has been applauded for fully embracing the unique Shakespeare Mas as the hinge on which the door of the festival would swing in 2018.
In declaring the festival officially open, Senator Norland Cox said that while the committee must be commended for selecting this aspect of the culture as the cornerstone of next year’s festival, he believes that the highlighting of the mas should not only be for the 2018 festival but for every future staging of the annual pre-Lenten festival.
Speaking at Saturday’s media launch of the festival on the compound of the Grenada Tourism Authority on Main Street Hillsborough, Senator Cox suggested that the Carriacou carnival should attach a high value of significance to Shakespeare Mas, like Spicemas on the mainland has been doing to Jab Jab, and what the steel pan means to Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival.
Speaking in the presence of avid Shakespearians, Cosnel McIntosh, Glenroy Boatswain and two juniors who gave a marvellous display, Senator Cox pointed out that the importance of the mas carries such a powerful economic as a cultural weight to the island.
The senator, delivering his remarks was high in praise to President of the committee, Princess John and her hard-working team over the years.
Brief remarks came from Digicel’s Marketing and Sales Representative, Shunica Peters, who told the launch that her company is pleased to have associated itself as title sponsors of the festival for well over a decade now.
President of the committee Princess John gave a complete list of events for the festival, which climaxes on February 12 and 13. The female president also registered the committee’s thanks to all those who have been contributing towards the growth of the festival over the years and urged them to continue doing so.
The welcome was done by the reigning carnival queen, Oshnen Mathurine and the activity chaired by the current calypso monarch, Leftist (Anderson Matheson).
Also present at the function was, Advisor to Minister Elvin Nimrod and former chairperson of the Festivals Board, Kindra Mathurine-Stewart.