Chairman of the Emancipation Support Committe, Kafra Kambon. Photo courtesy guardian.co.tt
July 26, 2012:
Policies governing subventions and donations to cultural groups within Trinidad and Tobago will soon be re-configured and reassessed.
Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism, Dr Lincoln Douglas made the announcement at the post-Cabinet media briefing which was held earlier at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s.
“This Ministry is immediately configuring policy to make Government’s involvement with these festivals more fluid. Cultural policies and the disbursements of grants and subventions to various groups will be looked at. Once clarified, these policies will provide a smooth partway for assisting all organisations,” Douglas said.
The Minister also announced that Government has awarded the Emancipation Support Committee $4 million for this year’s Emancipation Day celebrations.
“In the mids of all the discussions on Emancipation, I met with the 40 local Emancipation committees and organisations. We were trying to find the money to support all of them. We have allocated $4 million to the Emancipation Support Committee - $2 million will come from this Ministry while the other $2 million came from the Office of the Prime Minister,” Douglas said.