Newly minted Creative Director of the Soca Monarch Simon Baptiste believes the brand still has great potential despite the event's decline in popularity in recent years.
The event has seen dwindling attendance since Machel Montano exited the event in 2015, with several prominent soca stars also declining to participate.
Controversy is brewing in St James after an advertisement appeared in the newspaper yesterday announcing the cancellation of one of the town’s Carnival staples; the Children’s Carnival.
The advertisement read, “The St James Children’s Carnival Committee wishes to advise all children’s band leaders, DJ, judges, PoS North Leos and sponsors that the children’s carnival 2020 has been cancelled.”
Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez has stepped down as Chairman of the International Soca Monarch.
News that Lyons, who helmed the competition last year and was only reconfirmed in the position last week, had vacated the post at first came on Tuesday evening but was confirmed by Lyons herself yesterday in a social media post.
Roger Robinson, the British-Trinidadian dub poet, has won the prestigious TS Eliot prize on his first nomination for his collection A Portable Paradise.
The only poetry award judged solely by established poets, the £25,000 TS Eliot prize has been described by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, as “the prize most poets want to win”.