One of the promoters of Carnival, Val Cuffy has called for greater promotion of Dominica’s Carnival product on an international scale.
Cuffy, on DBS’s ‘Talking Point’ on Monday, lamented the lack of preparation and small-scale production of Carnival in Dominica. He stated that organizers must plan events much in advance, and present well-thought initiatives to the Government.
“We need to go and sit down and talk to Government, say ‘Listen, this is what I want to do’, and then you can engage the private sector, and then people will even want to buy into this; but you cannot just sit down there and figure ‘Ok, we’ll have nothing to do until that next time around’, and then hoping that you will get something by then,” he said.
He suggested Dominica embark on a Carnival World Tour, in order to market Dominica internationally.
“Do we package a Dominica Carnival World Tour? Can we get Dice, the Carnival Queen, some Bouyon artistes? Can we put them together, and say ‘call Antigua, call St. Lucia’. Let’s go inside there, bring a Dominica flag,” Cuffy stated.
He explained that he believes that the “fear factor” keeps persons from saying what needs to be said. However, he declared that due to experience, he is able to make an informed comment on the matter.
“These are dynamics that can be worked out and people are afraid to say these things because of the fear factor. I understand where we are at…I am saying that purely as a Dominican, as somebody who has been in the arts, and I have no problem in marketing, in promoting,” he noted.
He insisted that all parties involved in the planning of Dominica’s Carnival collaborate, and begin marketing and planning on a greater scale now.
“I think we are at a good juncture; now is the time that we can make sure that we can bring all the parties together,” Cuffy said.