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One Good Thing About Music (Workshop Review)

Music Workshop Week 2 at MultiPurpose Center

What was the last calypso to hit the Antigua and Barbudan airwaves that created a lasting impression? A no brainer, right? The immediate answer would definitely be a calypso from yesteryear according to the Minister whom I suspected felt compelled to discard his prepared script to protest against the conspicuous absence of key stakeholders at the much publicised Calypso workshop.

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Antigua’s Carnival Is More Than Wild Street Parties

Ricardo Drue at Antigua Carnival Soca Monarch

Antigua’s Carnival Culture Is More Than Wild Street Parties & Steel Pans

The bursts of ultra light sunbeams hitting my window remind me that autumn leaves and maroon sweaters are here.

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6 Reasons Why Antigua's Carnival Is The Best Carnival

Megan Younger - Antigua Carnival Parade

For most people, kicking off your holiday in the wee hours of the morning can be an exhausting, curmudgeon-inducing thing. But then we'd surmise that most people haven't enjoyed the bewildering life experience of what it's like to walk straight into the 3am hubbub of Antigua's hyper-colourful, wonderfully chaotic and overwhelmingly inviting 12-day Carnival.

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And...the Calypso conversation begins!

2017 Calypso Workshop held at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre

Today’s workshop organised by the Cultural Development Division drew basically the same crowd. One person commented on Facebook that it was more or less ‘preaching to the converted’ and recommended that the workshops be taken to the schools or wherever the youngsters are.

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Antigua is a piece of paradise on the Caribbean

A scene from the party to beat all parties – Carnival

It’s not long after 6am when we arrive at the Breakfast Fete. Our driver, Jason, tries to get us as close to the entrance as possible, but he’s not enjoying much luck in negotiating the couple hundred cars packed into the muddied field.

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Hon Gaston Browne and the Original Burning Flames

Burning Flames & P.M Hon. Gaston Browne

Prime Minister The Honourable Gaston Browne and the original Burning Flames having a ball at Stage 2016. "STAGE" being the annual event hosted by LAVA International where soca king Machel Montano is the main headline.

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Designer Chandy Lewis on Fox 5 News

Designer Chandy Lewis on Fox 5 News

Renowned designer Chandy Lewis promoting his 2016 carnival designs on Fox 5 News as part of the Caribbean week TV program.

Representing the nation are past queens Raynell Carol and Latisha Greene.

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Original Burning Flames Proclamation award

Original Burning Flames Proclamation award

Original Burning Flames accepting their Proclamation award from the City of Atlanta and the keys to the City.

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