Thursday, February 22, 2018

Minister: $190m for Carnival 2014

A total of $190 million has been allocated to Carnival this year with $115 million representing money owed since 2010.

Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Lincoln Douglas disclosed this at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair yesterday.

He said some $115 million was owed since 2010.

The National Carnival Commission (NCC) will be given the money which will then be allocated to stakeholders.

“The delays in payments were related to a number of things, some of it had to do with contractual type of mismanagement, evaluation of delivery of the product, the unavailability of money.

“A wide range of things contributed to that,” he said.

Douglas also announced that $11.95 million was allocated by various ministries for the Chutney Soca Monarch—$4.5 million and the International Soca Monarch—$7.45 million.

Asked about the lyrics of songs this season and whether there was any policy with respect to State funding, Douglas said the State played a role in the development of the art form.

“Personally for me I am not comfortable with some of the music...we are working with the producers and we are working with the artistes themselves to increase the quality of these shows,” he said.

“Some people think ‘Rolly Polly’ (by Grenadian artiste Mr Killa) is an abuse of women and some people think it’s a celebration of women.

“These are interpretive types of questions...I am sure that all of us will be concerned about images that glorify drinking or other kinds of direct type of violence,” he said.

He said producers and artistes should aim to deliver a quality of music that was world standard.