The business of carnival deserves the minister’s urgent attention. This is the view of a veteran carnival stakeholder who feels the industry’s development has been stifled over the years.
Rosalind Gabriel, a mask maker who has been a part of the industry for some 40 years, says there are too many issues to be ironed out.
She said in 2016, she was happy when the National Carnival Bands Association took over the festival, however she said there were many problems.
Ms. Gabriel said while the new Culture Minister was given the past year to settle into the position, she felt she had been given enough time and would now be taking a hands on approach to ensuring that the business of carnival’s development is made a priority.
Responding the matter this morning in a News power Now Interview, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said she was aware of the many problems facing carnival. She said the problems are not new and fixing the issues will take some time.
The Minister noted that meetings with stakeholders would likely commence toward the end of October.
Rosalind Gabriel this morning said there is a golden opportunity for economic diversification, however in the same breath she said there is no administrator with a clarity of vision who can take the culture to another level.