Tag: Carnival

A Trinidad festival guide for 2018

Here are some of Trinidad’s most treasured festivals, in alphabetical order…starting with the big one: the Carnival season.

3canal performs at the Tobago Jazz Experience. Photo courtesy the THA

A Tobago festivals calendar for 2018

In alphabetical order, here are some of Tobago’s most treasured festivals, from Harvests and Heritage Festival to Jazz Experience and Great Fete

Soca legend Super Blue whips the crowd into a frenzy at QRC fete. Photo by Aaron Richards

Trinidad Carnival: the who, what, where, when, why

The Carnival season is like one large buffet. You can sample all of it over multiple courses; just some of it, by confining yourself to a few things which appeal to you; or none at all (which means leaving the restaurant altogether, to keep the analogy going). But the point is, there’s no right way

A blue devil at the Canboulay Riots Re-enactment. Photo by Warren Le Platte

Trinidad Carnival — what you need to know

A large part of Trinidad Carnival is about abandon and confrontation, an anti-authoritarian movement subverting all that inhibits and represses. So what you’ll find is a strange, testy negotiation between organisation and mayhem, rules and anarchy. And that hot and sweaty, drunk and disorderly, loud and wassy space in the middle is bliss for some, purgatory for others! Love it or hate it, it is a uniquely Trinidadian experience you are unlikely to forget. Are you ready?

Enjoying one of the many Carnival fetes in Trinidad. Photo: Aaron Richards

Our time — Trinidad Carnival in the new millennium

This is the mother of all West Indian style carnivals around the world. The intoxicating mix of high-energy music and street performed by masqueraders, some in costumes 50ft tall, make the massive parade an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Machel Montano performs at CIC Fete. Photo by Jermaine Cruickshank, courtesy Machel Montano

Endless Wuk — a Trinidad Carnival Guide

A brief history of Carnival The history of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago can be read as a history of banned things. When the French arrived in the1780s, they brought a tradition of pre-Lenten celebration, most visibly represented by masquerade balls. The island’s economy and society was supported by slave labour, and those slaves were

A menacing blue devil intimidates the crowd. Photo by Atiba Williams

Trinidad Carnival: the birth & evolution

Central to understanding much of the Trinidadian psyche is to understand the festival culture of the island. And no festival is greater than the Trinidad Carnival. The dynamism of the festival has sparked its reproduction throughout the rest of the Caribbean island chain, and as far away as Toronto, New York, Miami and Notting Hill. But everyone knows that Trinidad is the “mother of all West Indian carnivals”, which attracts visitors from all over the world, including international celebrities like Halle Berry. Its roots are here

The twins. Courtesy Karen & Kathy Norman/K2K

K2K Carnival’s Karen & Kathy Norman

Twin designers Kathy and Karen Norman have generated a lot of buzz around their new medium-category, all-inclusive Carnival band “The Waters – Seas of Consciousness”. They talked to Caroline Taylor about the story behind their designs; the journey to making the band; Trinidad’s vs Brazil’s Carnival; and re-claiming Trinidad’s mas.

A firebreathing jab jab in Trinidad Carnival. Photo: Lyden Thomas

Trinidad Carnival in a nutshell

Love it or hate it, it is a uniquely Trinidadian experience you are unlikely ever to forget

Exodus at Panorama. Photo courtesy TDC

The making of a steelpan

The steel pan (it’s really a bit of a faux pas to call it a steel drum!) is one of Trinidad’s proudest exports. It distinguishes itself by being the only acoustic, non-electric instrument invented in the 20th century, and one incubated in Laventille, Port of Spain, during the Second World War