A budget of $7.2 million has been approved for Tobago Carnival 2018, with Chairman of the Tobago Carnival Committee, George Leacock, said the primary focus of the 2018 Carnival season is to “reignite a passion for culture and the arts on the island while rebuilding the creative elements of the festival.” The budget for Carnival 2017 was $10.5 million.
George expects this goal to be achieved, through ‘significant engagement of both cultural and corporate stakeholders.’
Announcing the budget allocation in a press release, the Division of Tourism also reported Leacock as saying that the Committee’s goal was “to create a greater understanding among Tobagonians about the importance of Carnival to our social identity.”
Tobago Carnival will take place on February 12 and 13, 2018 alongside Trinidad Carnival. The Division said that from ‘mud mas’ to ‘pan round the neck’, residents and visitors alike will be treated to “an authentic, culturally rich Carnival experience.”
Saying that the season will launch with the annual THA Inter-Department Calypso and Personality Competition, and events will include elements such as Monday Night Mas, the Division said the festival remains “a signature item on the destination’s event calendar and it serves as one of the vehicles through which the island’s rich culture is preserved and showcased.”
“The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation remains committed to promoting Destination Tobago through the island’s many rich cultural offerings, including Tobago Carnival, and we look forward to working alongside the Tobago Carnival Committee to ensure the successful execution of the festival in 2018,” the release said.