Organisers of the annual Chutneyland carnival event have announced the cancellation of this year’s event, saying it has become necessary.
The organizers decision come following careful consideration of the announcement and promotion of a sponsored, free to the public Chutney Soca Monarch competition just one day before the scheduled Chutneyland event, according to a media statement issued.
Randy Glasgow Productions, the promotional outfit, explained that although the event is deemed a staple on the Carnival calendar, the feasibility of hosting the event one day after a free event that primarily caters to the same audience, is untenable.
They said that though they are cognizant of the importance of showcasing all aspects of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture to the world, the outfit is disappointed that it has come to this, adding that it is however necessary, all things considered.
Over 600 plus Chutney music entertainers and creatives were listed to perform at the event on Saturday. Also, the grand finals Of The Chutney Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago, Intellectual Chutney Monarch was scheduled to take place at Chutneyland.
RGP extended thanks the National Carnival Commission and the San Fernando Borough Corporation for assisting with what they could, but reiterated that coming the day after a Chutney Monarch that is free to the public, would simply prove catastrophic for their business.
“We certainly hope that in the future, promoters can work together for not just the benefit of one, but all industry stakeholders, the cultural community and country,” said the promotional team.