The Chairman of Dominica’s Carnival Development Committee, Alwin Bully, is reiterating calls to address a date change for this country’s carnival celebrations.
At an official media launch of Dominica’s 2010 carnival, at the Fort Young Hotel Thursday night, Bully called for the establishment of a committee charged with discussing a new date for carnival. He recommended that the committee be formed following the upcoming carnival celebrations.
Bully, who also holds the position of National Cultural Advisor, stated that such recommendations should be submitted to Cabinet.
“It keeps coming up all the time when we find ourselves caught in lateness and caught with other activities and coming out from Christmas…Many of you have heard my views on this and I don’t want to sound like a stuck CD…but I really may use this opportunity to propose that very soon after carnival 2010 that a broad based committee be set up, be put in place, be commissioned in fact to look into the issue of the date for carnival’ to come up with recommendations to Cabinet as to what just might be the most appropriate date for Dominica,” he said.
Bully underscored the need for such a committee in view of many issues including lack of human resources and sponsorship of other events which fall before carnival.
Meanwhile, Bully is not the only official proposing a date change for carnival celebrations. Veteran calypso writer and head of the Showdown Mas Camp, Pat Aaron, has said that the date of carnival negatively impacts the calypso season as well.
“All these various issues they need to be looked at realistically so that proposals can be made to Government as to how we proceed from there,” Bully added.
St. Martin/Maarten, Aruba, Jamaica, Curacao, St. Barths, Martinique and Trinidad are among those celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras in February. The International Love Festival take places in Bermuda that month, while Jamaica celebrates the life and music of Bob Marley, who was born on February 6, 1945.