Grenadian Mas Band collaborates with Spicemas Corporation on Successful Carnival Arts Workshop for Secondary School Students.
St. George Grenada, February 12, 2020. One of the newest Carnival Mas Bands to Spicemas, ORO Luxury Carnival, continues to raise the bar in its program of activities for Spicemas 2020. ORO collaborated with Spicemas Corporation to host the first ever Carnival Arts Workshop as a pilot project for secondary school students in Grenada.
The workshop was held at the Grenada National Stadium on Wednesday, 12th February 2020. Three (3) students each, accompanied by one teacher from seven (7) selected government secondary schools attended a full-day workshop which focused on aspects of Grenada’s Traditional Mas, the business of Carnival and practical work on the basic concepts of Carnival Costume Design and Production.
Spicemas Corporation’s CEO, Kelvin Jacob in his opening remarks gave an overview of the workshop and also made a presentation on the works of Spicemas Corporation and Grenada’s Traditional Mas. Also attending and speaking at the opening ceremony were Shirma Wells, CEO, Grenada Cultural Foundation and Dr. Cheryl Bernabe-Bishop, Head of Curriculum at the Ministry of Education.
The design aspect of the workshop was facilitated by ORO’s Chief Designer, Sandra Hordatt of Trinidad & Tobago who has over twenty years’ experience in the Carnival Industry. Sandra expressed delight at the enthusiasm of the students and the way in which they applied their newly gained knowledge in the group exercise to design and create a carnival costume. Also assisting with the practical design element was well known local designer, Damani Brizan.
Head of Marketing for ORO Luxury Carnival, Sheldon Keens-Douglas also addressed the group of excited students. He said, “ORO Luxury Carnival, looks at Carnival from the perspective of the masquerader, the sponsor, and the entrepreneur. ORO, which is the Spanish word for ‘Gold’ was chosen to represent the band, whose intention is to set a ‘gold standard’ in the local Carnival industry.
At their first event held in December 2019, the ORO concept was introduced to the public. A key component of the concept was building a sustainable resource base of young Carnival Entrepreneurs as part of its social responsibility. This Carnival Arts workshop was a first step in realizing this key component.
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