Carnival comeback in Turks & Caicos

Carnival reintroduced to the Turks and Caicos Islands

Courtesy of the Turks & Caicos Weekly News with thanks!

IN AN effort to revive carnival in the Turks and Caicos Islands, local businessman and director of WE Carnival, Daryll Williams, will be hosting a four day event from July 31 to August 3.

The Carnival comeback in Turks & Caicos event will see a line-up of international and soca performances as well as several other activities.
In an interview with the Weekly News on Wednesday (July 22), Williams said that he has no intention of changing the format of the carnival, but did have plans to make it more modern and hopefully grow it into an international event, primarily on the island of Providenciales.
“I looked at how I could take the local talent and try to highlight them on an international stage; I mean that’s one of the weak areas.”
Williams emphasised that in his opinion, the local talent had a lot of potential and that they should be further in their careers than where they are presently.
“I think that we have a lot of potential here also because from what I have seen and what I have heard produced, we can market international artists from our country also.
“Carnival setting is a way of trying to find talent from the musician standpoint or the producing standpoint,” Williams said.
The director said that the event will kick start with a jouvert party at the Executive Tours junk yard on the Airport Road in Providenciales on July 31 under the theme, ‘Break of Dawn Junkyard Jouvert’.
He explained that in French jouvert meant – break of dawn.
This night will also feature soca artist, Denice Belfon, who is expected to rock the crowd with her dancing skills.
On August 1 there will be a float parade, displaying floats from all of the islands.
This event will start at the Downtown Ball Park at 4pm.
Leading into the night, a soca madness session will feature four bands, one international artist and two DJs.
On August 2 there will be an island Junkanoo Rush through the Grace Bay strip which starts at about 5.30 pm.
The event concludes on August 3 which is Emancipation Day, with a celebration at the Kids Park in the Bight.
There will be performances from an international artist and local bands, all free to the public.
According to Williams, there are high expectations from the local community for the event.
For more information on the event and the purchasing of costumes, people can contact Daryll Williams on 241-1867.

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