The cultural presentation for the 2009 commonwealth heads of government was fantastic, it’s on you tube and is a powerful presentation of Trinbago culture and a salute to the talent of our people, here is a little mix of a Newsday article and the video clips on you tube enjoy.
Spirit of TT on show
By COREY CONNELLY
In a colourful display of artistry and showmanship, visiting Commonwealth leaders were yesterday given a glimpse into Trinidad and Tobago’s diverse cultural heritage through the eyes of designer and masman Brian Mac Farlane during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain.
The cultural programme followed the formal opening ceremony of CHOGM, which featured addresses by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, head of the Commonwealth, Prime Minister Patrick Manning, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.In his presentation, Mac Farlane left no stone unturned in his attempt to vividly portray the elements that have combined over the years to make TT a unique, twin-island developing nation.However, the designer’s 45-minute cultural exhibition, which included 935 costumed performers, mirrored aspects of his opening presentation during the Fifth Summit of the Americas in this country in April. It again highlighted, in a meticulously co-ordinated programme, the contributions of the Africans, East Indians, Chinese, Spanish and other ethnicities to the nation’s development through tassa, steel pan, calypso, limbo and Carnival. Even belly-dancing, a more contemporary genre of entertainment, was incorporated into the programme.
But Mac Farlane also delved into TT’s treasured pastimes, highlighting the country’s love for cricket, football, kite-flying and having a good time.