By Linda Straker
Business representative in the Senate – Christopher DeAllie, and Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority – Rudi Grant, are among the new faces on the Spicemas Corporation Board of Directors recently appointed by Culture Minister Brenda Hood.
According to the legislation which established setting up of the Spicemas Corporation, and the format for selecting members for the Board — the members are tasked with marketing, organising, and coordinating all carnival activities.
The Board should be no more than 12 persons, having experience in matters relating to Business and Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations. There will be a representative from the Grenada Mas Bands Association, Calypso Organisation, Steel Pan Association, as well as 3 other persons. Cabinet may consider fit to conduct the business of the Board.
The other Board members are: Shirma Wells, Thomas Matthew, Ian Marshall, Edvin Martin, Andy Chichester; Isha Antoine, Kinna Marrast-Victor, and Mrs Joslyn Sylvester-Gairy – Chair of the Board. The life of a board is three years.
Spicemas 2015 carnival will officially be launched on 30 May at the Tanteen Playing Field, with cultural displays showcasing various aspect of Grenada’s carnival. The main highlight will be live performances from top soca and calypso artistes. Carnival will conclude on 11 August 2015, with the grand last lap jump up on the streets of major towns, including St George’s, Grenville, Gouyave, and Sauteurs.
During the carnival season there will be a number of carnival events throughout the parishes, preceding the final competition events which includes the National Queen Show, the Soca Monarch Competition, and the Calypso Monarch.
The theme for Spicemas 2015 is: “It’s Majestic, It’s Authentic, It’s Splendour, It’s We Mas; SPICEMAS!”