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T&T Carnival heads to S Africa
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The greatest show on earth is heading to South Africa next month. After launching its inaugural Trinbagonian style Carnival in South Africa in 2011, events management company-Dare2discover is reinforcing the richness of Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival culture as an exportable revenue-earning product.
Caribbean Mas Feeva (CMF), the sub-brand of Dare2discover, is the company’s flagship product. Wendy Wiltshire is a director. CMF will take place in the town of Bela Bela from November 24 to December 1.
Wiltshire said, “There is so much potential for the export of Carnival. “Merging the spirit and energy of Trinidad and Tobago with the rhythm and soul of Africa, Caribbean Mas Feeva has created an exciting, motherland visit which blends the artistic, cultural and musical products of the two cultures.”
CMF provides an opportunity for travellers, businesses and entertainers to experience the fusion of culture in addition to developing several platforms for business development for the host and the visiting country.
It will feature a Carnival village, a street parade with costumes exported from Trinidad, costume making workshops for the youth of Bela Bela, cultural performances, a pan-jazz concert, two Trini-styled fetes, as well as an art exhibition featuring members of the Trinidad and Tobago Arts Society.
Similar to Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa shares several traditional village folklores passed on through generations of families. The culture-rich and charismatic nature of Trinidadians, the vibrant energy of Trinidad’s Carnival, paired with the passionate and open-mindedness of the people of South Africa has made the relationship between the two nations a special one, a statement said.
Recognising this relationship and the opportunities for growth and development in the continent of Africa, Dare2discover intends to contribute towards tourism, trade and business activities with a focus on marketing trademark events.
Wilshire added, “We’ve gained tremendous support from the mas and soca fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago, in particular, the young and upcoming soca ambassador Jerome Bissessar has written—Mas Feeva which is performed by Bissessar, accompanied on pan by Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore.”
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