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Antigua and Barbuda to Host Scaled-Down Carnival in 2022

by Karen Rollins Feb 21, 2022

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Antigua Carnival 2022

Antigua and Barbuda will host a scaled-down carnival in 2022 under the theme: “Experience Greatness – Again”.

The smaller ‘summer festival’ event will be held from 27 July to 2 August over just seven days instead of the usual two weeks.

The decision to host a shorter carnival was made following a series of consultations between the Ministry of Creative Industries, Innovation and the Orange Economy with relevant stakeholders, including the entertainment sector.

Minister of the Creative Industries, Michael Browne, told local media this year’s street party will showcase a “full cultural infusion”. 

He said: “We are bringing back some culture in the carnival. We are going to turn St John’s into a festival city for the seven days; we are working closely with the police to get that done.”

Mr Browne also revealed that the full schedule is still fluid because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, some of the planned events will include a T-Shirt Mas, Carnival Monday and Tuesday Mas, Calypso and Soca Monarch and Panorama competitions.

The Festivals Commission will also hold various pre-carnival activities, including a formal gala celebrating the 80th birthday of Sir McLean ‘King Short Shirt’ Emanuel, an adjusted Melting Pot, a Teen Rave, and a battle of the bands.

Further consultations on the complete agenda for the new-look carnival are expected to continue with the relevant parties over the coming months.

Sources: Antigua Observer, and Loop News.