Minister for Local Government and Culture, Sen. Hon. Fortuna Belrose, met recently with Director of the Caribbean Carnival Commission, Dr. Vijay Ramlal-Rai to discuss Saint Lucia’s hosting of the first ever Caribbean Carnival Championships and Caribbean Festival Conference to be held in 2017.
The two-day event will bring together delegates from over twenty -seven countries, and will improve regional unity, Dr. Ramlal-Rai said.
“We have had presentations, discussions, ideas, and have threshed out proposals. By the end of the meetings there should be a motion passed to establish the first Caribbean Carnival Championship, which, in a nutshell, will comprise of winners of all Caribbean competitions in different islands coming to Saint Lucia for the championships. So the winner of calypso in Saint Vincent, or panorama in Trinidad, will represent their country in Saint Lucia for the first Caribbean Carnival Championships.”
Dr. Ramlal-Rai said the Caribbean Festival Conference and the Caribbean Carnival Championships will also help foster Caribbean patriotism.
The events are being held in collaboration with the Association of Caribbean States and the University of the West Indies.