The delegation comprises seven members of the Emerald Shamiole Masquerades along with their musicians and chaperones. Also in the delegation are Montserrat Festival winners Calypso Monarch Garnet “Sylk” Thompson, soca monarchs Trevon “Trevvle” Pollard and Samrun “Nyne” Woodley. Vocalist Nia Golden, two members of 4th Dymension, poet Chadd Cumberbatch as well as representatives from the tourism and business community are also in the group.
“This CARIFESTA should be a learning experience in an effort to prepare for the event when it comes to Antigua in 2021,” said new director of the Montserrat Arts Council Kenneth Silcott. “We want to be ready to make an impact to showcase the best of Montserrat’s culture.”
Several television appearances have also been arranged for members of the delegation.
Visual artist Tabu Duberry will be the artist in residence on TTT Now, the morning news and variety show on Friday. Ten pieces of his work are also part of the Caribbean exhibition at the National Museum and Gallery for the duration of CARIFESTA.
“It’s been a challenge but a lot of fun pulling the plans together for the delegation”, said Nerissa Golden, Logistics Coordinator for the Carifesta group. “Montserrat will be very visible at the festival in art, dance, literature, media and music.”
The Office of the Premier made available EC$100,000 for the CARIFESTA delegation. Other sponsors for the trip are the Department of Trade, the Ministry of Communications and Works’ ICT Division and 4th Dymension.