Brian London

Prize time: Brian London, centre, receives his $10,000 People’s Choice cheque from Ivan Thomas, left, from FCL Financial, and Brother Resistance from TUCO at the NLCB booth, Queen’s Park Oval. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) has welcomed the temporary change in venue for Calypso Fiesta, one of this country’s largest cultural events on the Carnival calendar. Come 2020 Calypso Fiesta, the semi-finals of the National Calypso Monarch will move to a new venue to facilitate upgrade work to the Skinner Park facility in San Fernando.

TUCO president Lutalo Masimba (Brother Resistance), who spoke yesterday at the 2019 People’s Choice prize-giving, at the NLCB Suite, Queen’s Park Oval, where Brian London received a $10,000 prize for garnering the most votes for the People’s Choice, said a successful site visit was recently conducted at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.

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SEEING a family member or a close friend suffering from a life-threatening disease provokes in us feelings of helplessness and even hopelessness. But at the National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU) persons could help save a life and offer a loved one or a stranger a glimmer of hope. In fact, the success of the NOTU is dependent upon people registering to become living or deceased organ donors to help those in need.

THIS year’s Carifesta Youth Village will see the revival of Boy Boy and the Magic Drum, a children’s book set in T&T that tells the story of a young boy who dreams of making music with his magic drum.

Myron Bruce has an immediate social media hit on his hands with his immensely popular Extempo News. The 2018 National Extempo Monarch, best known as Myron B, has added satire to the biggest news stories on the island with the segment that first appeared on Cup of Joe on TV6 three weeks ago.

Over the next seven days, the sights, sounds, colours, tastes and cultural aspects of all the Caricom nations of the Caribbean will be represented here in Trinidad and Tobago at the 14th Caribbean Festival of The Arts—more commonly known as Carifesta XIV. The Queen’s Park Savannah has come alive.

They all call him Sugars. A teacher courtesy his life testimonies and a historian courtesy his street smarts, he is the livewire of the Bethesda village which sits between Plymouth and Arnos Vale in Tobago. That day I saw him trimming the croton tree by the villa (Tamarind House) which he maintained in the village. He smiled widely when he introduced himself using his real name- Sydney Jefferson Grant.

For the first time, the re-enactment of the Canboulay Riots, one of the largest street theatres in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, will be spotlighted in the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta).