NCC’s Regional Carnival Committee annually conducts Traditional Mas Workshops in collaboration with Ministry of Education, villages and communities teaching young people and aspiring masqueraders the skills/techniques used in building traditional costumes, appropriate dances and speech.
Over the period 2003-2010, some 9,500 persons, have benefitted from training. Graduates of these workshops join the Traditional Carnival Characters Festival in downtown Port of Spain on Carnival Friday.
For those of our nationals and/or visitors who prefer to spend Carnival away from the hustle and bustle of main stage Port of Spain, there are fifty five (55) areas in the north, north east, north west, central and south where Carnival Committees have scheduled activities.
The National Carnival Commission and the Regional Carnival Committee hosts a Field Officer Orientation Session.
Israsill Ali, Chairman, Regional Carnival Committee address the field officers.
Mr. Don Sylvester, Deputy Chairman of NCC as he speaks with the officers “we are all part of a team...one team”.
Mr. Clarence Moe, CEO of NCC, tells the officers, “we are here to ensure that the traditional carnival will survive” “you must go out with a love for what you are doing”.
Narcenio Senor Gomez explains how his workshop works “it takes some time to produce a piece of work like this”.
Senor Gomez demonstrates how to make a flower using the wire bending technique.
Sailors demonstrate the different dances for the field officers.
Gerry Hogan, a field officer, advices the young officers “as a field officer you have to do the research about the characters chosen for the workshop”.