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Trinidad and Tobago’s anticipated hosting of the 14th Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) got underway with the staging of an exclusive Road Show at South Park Shopping Centre in San Fernando recently.

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Scores of patrons from the bustling hub were privy to experience an early taste of CARIFESTA  which has, over the years, grown into a catalyst for strengthening of regional integration among Caribbean artisans and cultural practitioners. CARIFESTA XIV will celebrate the spirit, culture and heritage of Caribbean people through the expressions of Music, Dance, Theatre, Film, Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Culinary Arts, Fashion, Folklore, Craft and Symposia from August 16-25 at the Queen’s Park Savannah and in numerous other locations throughout the twin-island republic. Altogether, 19 countries will be featured.

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The biennial showcase was last hosted in T&T in 2006. Having been selected to now oversee the 14 th edition, communication solutions provider, bmobile, has seized the opportunity to lend their unstinting support towards promotion of the region’s multi-diverse Arts and Culture

Marsha Caballero, TSTT’s Senior Manager Corporate Communications, was delighted to have the cultural fiesta return to the shores of T&T, and reiterated the importance of positively advancing Caribbean culture on the international stage

«The Caribbean is covered with a rich history of multi-disciplinary arts and culture. We are a melting pot of traditions and practices that have built the foundation of who we are as a region. Like many of our traditions here in Trinidad and Tobago, TSTT is home-grown and also driven to educate and inspire the development of our culture on both the regional and international circuit. It is critical to preserve our traditions so that generations to come will be able to learn and understand the depth of our roots in calypso, soca, steel pan, fashion and theatre among others,» explained Caballero

This year’s CARIFESTA theme is Connect, Share, Invest. It is directed towards the extensive promotion of our national and regional cultural practices and has been aligned to support the performers who were selected to represent their countries in varying disciplines. In T&T, our selections were done following a talent-search held in January

According to Susan Shurlan, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Arts and Chairperson of CARIFESTA XIV Committee, «Organisers have now engaged those performers in a capacity building programme which provides an investment for them to perform at the different venues of CARIFESTA such as SAPA, NAPA and other community festivals around the country. This talent-nurturing will help them further expand their skill and also present them with offers to perform elsewhere. We are connecting cultures, sharing information and investing in our traditions.»

Radio personality and bmobile Brand Advocate, Randy ‘Mr. Smooth’ Mansoor shared the frame with two supporters at the first stop in the Carifesta Roadshow

Shurlan was also present at the southern location to help provide sneak-peek performances of some of our local talents who would be present at the 14th edition. The first segment of the Road Show was hosted by popular radio personality and bmobile Brand Advocate, Randy ‘Mr Smooth’ Mansoor, and featured mesmerizing performances from CTC Dance Company, Country Boys Tassa Group, Taramatee Maharaj (harmonica) and singer Nishard Mayrhoo. Three lucky patrons also won VIP Tickets to the Super Concert (August 24) by participating in the CARIFESTA Karaoke Competition

A rhythmic affair – The Country Boys Tassa Group showcased their talent at the Carifesta Roadshow in South Park

«Everyone knows we are the festival, party and culture island so the anticipation is high for CARIFESTA this year. It’s the Festival of Festivals. So far, we’ve had an oversubscription of people interested in the fiesta. We are grateful to our sponsors like bmobile , and others for ensuring that CARIFESTA can be a success once more,» said the General Secretary

The public can also look forward to Signal and Niche events , four Community Festivals, the Grand Market hub, Children and Youth Village (Bishop Anstey High), Trade Fair, Food and Rum Festival, Craft Booths, Country Booths, Workshops and Symposia, and the Super Concert featuring the likes of Shaggy, Kassav, Calypso Rose and Ricardo Drue to name a few. Aspects of Trinidad and Tobago’s Film Festival, Best Village and Bocas Lit Fest also make up the multitude of entities that would be present for the 14th staging

CARIFESTA’s Road Show continued at Fiesta Plaza, Movie Towne, Port-of-Spain on June 1 st and will make its final stop at Trincity Mall on June 8