Cultural consultant Alywn Bully is reluctantly reiterating suggestions for changing Dominica’s carnival date.
Bully, who has spoken extensively on the matter over the years, says he is very aware that the traditionalists want Dominica’s annual carnival kept at its current date ahead of the Lenten season leading into Easter.
However he says they are ignoring likely benefits of moving the carnival possibly to the summer, a move he argues would make Dominica carnival bigger, better, and a major economic force.
He is advocating that the change be tried for a three year period after which the success or failure of that undertaking could be properly assessed.
Bully’s key reason for promoting the change is that Dominica carnival would no longer have to compete with Trinidad and Tobago’s bigger carnival.
According to him the benefits are many, including a much greater influx of Martiniquans and Guadeloupeans to the Dominica carnival.
He says the larger numbers of visitors would include people from the OECS countries who at the moment by-pass Dominica and head instead for the Trinidad carnival.
Cultural Consultant Bully says a change of date would likely see more people from the diaspora coming in for the event, while there would also be much more sponsorship of carnival activities.
“If after three years it doesn’t work then we go back to the original date,” he says in response to those who want the traditional carnival date maintained.