Ann-Marie Burke (Communications Specialist for competition), Bren Romney, Julian Arthur and Jerrick Evangelista (BDO Representative)
ANGUILLA–The organising committee of the Caribbean Junior Calypso Monarch (CJCM) held a regional draw of judges in Anguilla on Saturday, June 3, at the La Vue Hotel. The Contest is to be held in Barbados on Sunday, August 20. Bren Romney, Director of Youth and Culture welcomed the delegation of three, headed by Julian Arthur, Managing Director of the CJCM contest. In his remarks Romney commended the Committee for the historical event and Arthur for his vision and foresight in developing and executing the regional competition. He noted the benefits of the programme for the development and preservation of calypso on a national and regional level and pledged Anguilla’s support.
Arthur thanked BDO Eastern Caribbean, La Vue Hotel and the Department of Youth for making the occasion possible. “I was very pleased with the transparency of the draw as supervised by BDO Eastern Caribbean. What we wanted at the CJCM is a diverse panel which truly represents the regional nature of the competition and I am happy that the draw reflected this. I now look forward to these judges offering their experience and expertise to help to make the show a success,” he said.
This is the first competition of its kind in the region and aims to stimulate the continued legacy of the calypso art form. Arthur said, “The competition is not only a way to breathe new life into the calypso arena at the junior level but is a platform to develop the art form from a young age.”
There will be 12 Junior Calypso Monarchs in the competition that will not only compete against each other but will be exposed to workshops and seminars ahead of the event.
The draw of the judges resulted in judges chosen from St. Lucia, Montserrat, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada. There will also be a judge from the host country, Barbados.