Fourteen Mas bands will cross the stage at Carnival City Victoria Park this Saturday, May 26th, when the Carnival Bands Association- CBA stages its Ignyte show.
The show will run in two parts, with a children aspect in the form of a mini fair and a soca show from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and from 8:00pm to 2:00am, the launch of the Mas Bands and performances from Some 25 artiste and 3 top DJ’s will be showcased.
This was disclosed by Alvern “Ali” Cadogan of the Carnival Bands Association at a press briefing on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 held at the Old Public Library.
Cadogan said Saturday’s event is called Ignyte as they recognize the importance to rebrand their showcase. “For the past two years we came with Carnival Blaster, we stayed out last year and come back with a bang this year and we decided to start with the schools.”
Yesterday’s event also took the form of an exhibition to showcase the work of the students who participated in the Secondary School’s Design Competition, an initiative of the CBA to incorporate the mas component in the schools.
Cadogan said “we realize that we have soca, pan and calypso in the schools but we do not have mas”. She said the initiative is a three year program which began this year.
The CBA representative also Noted that they have received over one hundred designs from secondary schools throughout the country but after an elimination process, thirteen were selected and are being showcased at the Old Public Library.
She added that another elimination process will take place to select the top five designs and students of these designs will receive prizes on Saturday at the Victoria Park. Codogan is urging patrons to come out to the event.
Meanwhile, CEO of the Carnival Development Corporation, CDC, Ashford Wood, is pleased with the designs from the students. He expressed his satisfaction with the competition noting that they can look forward to great things in the future with mas. Wood reiterated that all aspects of Vincy Mas are incorporated into the schools except the mas component and he is happy about the CBA’s initiative.
He lamented that mas is also absent from the rural carnivals as rural carnivals have degenerated into a queen show, a J’ouvert and a street jump up.
He has challenged the CBA to work with the schools, community groups and the children who created the beautiful designs to have sections in the rural carnival at a minimal cost or even free of charge as the rural committees have complained that it is expensive to incorporate mas in the rural carnival.
The CDC’s CEO congratulated the CBA on its initiative and all the students who participated. He also encouraged Vincentians to patronize the show Igynte.