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Dominica’s Carnival – Mas Domnik 2018, has been launched under the theme 'Celebrating our Traditions'.
The annual event was officially launched last Friday and is set to be a showcase of the resilience of Dominicans who suffered when Hurricane Maria ripped through the island killing people and destroying property.
Post-Hurricane Maria, many Dominicans have set out to rebuild and reaffirm relationships with a determination that demonstrates Dominica’s event and cultural tourism product is alive and well. While the devastation suffered has caused us to make adjustments to the scale of the celebration, the need to continually embrace our cultural heritage is ever-present. This enabled a captivating and exciting tagline for the 2018 edition – ‘Celebrating Our Traditions’" a release from the tourist board said.
Attendees at the Launch included Senator Robert Tonge, Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal who presented the Feature Address, further expanding on the way forward for Dominica’s Carnival.
Tonge stressed the importance of Carnival by describing it as one of the most creative and imaginative aspects of the Dominican life. He reminded the public of the economic benefits of hosting such a national event.
“Mas Domnik provides a unique opportunity for our creative community – costume builders, song writers, music producers, seamstresses, tailors and performers of varying kinds to rise to the occasion and present their craft in a unique and distinct manner," he said.
Colin Piper, CEO of Discover Dominica Authority and Director of Tourism, made a solid call to Dominicans both here and abroad to visit Dominica and experience a unique and spontaneous Carnival, the reasoning for it being dubbed ‘The Real Mas.’ Piper further strengthened the need to celebrate tradition, “Tradition means a lot to us and we intend on celebrating it honorably and safely.”
The launch of Mas Domnik 2018 came alive with other invited guests which included Raymond Lawrence - Chief Cultural Officer of the Cultural Division and Kareem Guiste - Regional Marketing Manager - Business and Government, FLOW, both of whom expressed assertiveness, commitment and just cause in working assiduously to ensure materialization of this national product.
The 2018 Carnival Calendar, though scaled down tremendously, still boasts six weeks of calypso shows, celebrations, parades and fetes for every age group.
Mas Domnik, The Real Mas, is considered the last remaining fortress of true authentic masquerade in the Caribbean, and will run right through Carnival Monday and Tuesday on February 12 and 13, culminating on Wednesday February 14 with the Taway Vaval in the Kalinago Territory, home to the largest indigenous population of Caribbean peoples in the region.