Carnival 2013 Video Feature Planned

Carnival 2013 Video Feature PlannedAntigua St. John’s - The New Media Unit within the Ministry of Telecommunications, Science & Technology teamed up with the Caribbean Super Station (CSS) during Carnival 2013 to produce simultaneous, dynamic broadcasting of the annual festival.

The team from CSS in Trinidad included radio personality Stacy Lyons - producer, Lesley Charlerie, and Accounts Executive and Public Relations Officer Raoul deSouza. They began broadcasting LIVE in Antigua from Friday August 2, and coverage included two of the most anticipated shows for Carnival 2013 - Lime Party Monarch and the Wadadli Beer Calypso Monarch competition.

The team also covered J’ouvert, and the Carnival Monday and Tuesday street parades. The events were heard in seven other territories across the region - Barbados, BVI, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The entire Carnival coverage collaboration was captured on video by the New Media Unit, which has teamed up with CSS to produce a feature video on Antigua’s Carnival 2013. The video production will not only include highlights of the national festival, but also feature many of the historical sites and tourist attractions across the island.

The video programme will be shown on OCM television stations in Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada, and will also be made available to stations partners elsewhere.

The New Media Unit also captured extensive video and photography of all the Carnival events. The videos include behind the scenes footage and interviews with musicians and mas builders.

Meanwhile video footage of the festival events held at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) can be viewed on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda official Youtube channel.

The photos can be seen on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda official Facebook page.

De Souza expressed his heart-felt gratitude for the warm reception the CSS team received from the Antiguan public, many of whom are members of the CSS chatroom on ocmnet.net/CSS. CSS started broadcasting officially in Antigua & Barbuda in 2011 on 93.9 FM.

De Souza said he recognizes that “Antigua is a very strong market for CSS” and that the local members of the chatroom were very hospitable to the crew during their visit.

J’ouvert was the team’s favorite event to cover. De Souza said it “was amazing…and there was real vibes from the Triple K truck and the Dominican [posse].”

He added that the music for Antigua’s Carnival 2013 was “extremely catchy and the majority of songs hinted at humour.” After experiencing Carnival firsthand, he said he now has an understanding of Antiguans’ love for humorous songs.

In between working, the CSS team had an opportunity to sample a few of the beaches on island as well as an opportunity to visit local landmarks and historical sites.

They visited Betty’s Hope, Devils’ Bridge, Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights, Long Bay and the shopping district of Heritage Quay in downtown St John’s.

The overall impression of Antigua’s Carnival 2013 was a good one and De Souza suggested that “what we need as a region to encourage sustainability is to have strong Carnival migration.”


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