Tag: Carnival

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Franka Philip and Ardene Sirjoo on Trinidad’s food, culture, and entertainment | Q&A

Journalists Franka Philip and Ardene Sirjoo chatted with Discover T&T about Trinidad’s distinctive arts, culture, entertainment, and culinary scenes

Bunji Garlin revs up the crowd. Photo by Aaron Richards

The best fetes for Trinidad Carnival & year round | Roundtable

Looking for the inside scoop on the best fetes during Trinidad Carnival, and all year ’round? Look no further. Our roundtable discussion with Nigel Cambpell, Laura Dowrich-Phillips, Penelope Spencer, Franka Philip, and Ardene Sirjoo has you covered!

Kaisokah moko jumbies. Photo by Jason Audain

Trinidad Carnival — the perfect itinerary | Roundtable

The depth and breadth of Trinidad’s Carnival activities can overwhelm anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the culture and the festivities. Our roundtable discussion with Maria Nunes, Nigel Campbell, Penelope Spencer, Franka Philip, and Ardene Sirjoo will help you develop your perfect itinerary

3 Canal J'Ouvert. Photo by Elliot Francois

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.

Candy Coated Love Fest is held on Carnival Friday. Photo courtesy Candy Coated Events

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 the 1780s, 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

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.