Douglas: $100m to help develop Carnival product
Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas says $100 million was channelled into Carnival development because Government was serious about the development of the cultural product.
He made the comment du-
ring his contribution on the budget in the House of Representatives, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, last Friday.
Douglas said arts and culture’s direct impact on national development included cultivating social cohesion and cultural diversity, fostering creativity and ingenuity and promoting sustainable development.
Using world travel and tourism figures (2004), Douglas said: “Carnival and the arts were not trivial investments but can deliver to the quality of life. About 33,771 jobs were created by Carnival. It contributed $4.2 billion. We had about 40,455 visitors. The average length of stay was 16 days.”
Douglas added: “Carnival can contribute economically. About 230 Carnivals were spawned by T&T. At the conservative end, about 85. This is a huge op-
portunity for our people to move the cultural product. The development of their trade supports the development of Carnival as both an opportunity to integrate and to create jobs through industry and creativity.”
Apart from Carnival, Douglas said the wealth of cultural experiences locally was akin “to drinking water from a firehose”.
Among the genres were pan music, dance, drama, storytelling, film, literature, chutney, tassa and art.