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Tobago’s top 10 vie for Best Village Trophy

Published: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Oshun Mills will represent Signal Hill Police Youth Club at Miss La Reine Rive.

Ten of Tobago’s top cultural groups have been in Trinidad since last weekend competing in the finals of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition (PMBTC) 2017, held under the theme of Reigniting the Spirit of Community Arts.

These talented Tobagonians are competing in a week of events which ends on Saturday, August 19, with the hope of impressing the judges and bringing the Best Village trophy to Tobago. The participating groups are The Tobago Drama Guild; Sisters in Culture; Signal Hill Police Youth Club; Roxborough Village Council; Masters Kaiso Tent; Zante; Rhythmic Vibrations; Roxborough Police Youth Club; Youth Quake and Bago House of Kulture Stars.

After months of qualifying rounds that took place from April to June of this year, these ten groups represent the cream of the crop in Tobago’s cultural performance arena, and competed in categories such as folk theatre, dance, calypso, pan and the highly anticipated La Riene Rive pageant which was staged last Saturday at Napa, Port-of-Spain.

The community and village groups were assisted by the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation throughout the preliminaries and semi-finals to help reach their fullest potential in their performances. The delegation’s trip to the Best Village finals is being coordinated by the Department of Culture with expert management by the department’s Heritage Officer Mayda Edwards-Cowie, who was pleased with Tobago’s participation.

“The preparation was quite challenging, but with the expert assistance of the staff at the Department of Culture and the dedicated group leaders, the task was completed with great results so far,” Edwards-Cowie stated. “The highlight for members of staff, however, is the friendly rivalry and unity among the Communities.”

Presented by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, PMBTC is an annual developmental programme with a competitive element established to unearth the latent talent of individuals and groups within communities in T&T. Initiated by late Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams, it was established in 1963 and remains a staple in the nation’s cultural calendar.

After taking a nine year hiatus, Tobago is once more competing for glory on the PMBTC stage with a strong contingent that is ready to represent their community groups and the island with passion.