bmcThere is a new addition to Dominica’s Carnival product in 2016.

The first ever Bouyon Monarch Competition (BMC) will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016, at a venue still being ironed out by organizers and is expected to be a permanent fixture on the country’s carnival calendar.

Organizers say the show seeks to revolutionize the Bouyon genre and to put it on a grand stage. It is not expected to replace any existing Bouyon styles but add depth to an already dynamic genre.

“Bouyon Monarch is expected to be a core event of the Carnival season with the ultimate goal of exporting ‘an original Bouyon experience,'” Kevin Francis, one of the organizers of the event, said.

The competition will follow familiar formats of Soca and Calypso Monarchs around the region and will focus on our country’s local and authentic sound, he said.

There will be prizes for first, second and third place winners, and participation prizes awarded to other participants.

Registration is open until December 25, 2015, and costs $150.

A total of EC$21,000 is up for grabs at the show.

Interested artists who require more information or applications should email any questions to bouyonmonarch@gmail.com.

Applications and guidelines can also be found on Bouyon Monarch Facebook page www.facebook.com/bouyonmonarch.