The carnival theme this year is Barbados (Bajan)
Some history on this year’s theme: After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. That first independence ceremony was accompanied by the raising of the Barbados national flag and playing of the national anthem for the first time. November 30th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday in Barbados.
As part of the upcoming Carnival 2016 event Barbados will be represented celebrating 50 years free from colonial rule, after being granted Independence from Britain on November 1966.
Hence the theme for this year is Barbados 50th we will be celebrating fifty years of Barbados’s Independence. Barbados 50th signifies the historical Independence and freedom of a much loved nation who has strive to excel and develop their beautiful Island of friendly and fun loving people.
We hope you will come and be part of this outstanding celebration of the achievements of all the citizens of Barbados.
There will be a steel band extravaganza
We plan to present a number of activities over the Carnival Weekend such as ‘The Triny & Latin Corner’ and ‘The Bajan Corner’ playing authentic SOCA music from their countries and ‘The African Corner’ playing authentic African music.
There will be a steel band extravaganza playing a selection of music from all countries involved and The Red Bull Stage catering for an eclectic mixture of community music.
This year we will be doing a full parade with mass bands and steel bands from all around the country. The Carnival will also be presenting a Jouvert morning that will be presented by Tropical Radio & TV.
As the Carnival draws closer we will keep you updated on the progress of the Carnival. If you would like to take part in the Parade or learn how to create your carnival costumes please visit our message box on the web-site and feel free to message us. We will get back to you.
Thank you all for your continuing support and I look forward to seeing you all at our annual community event.
Celebrating Guyana’s 50th Anniversary
Guyana is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, so the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to recognise Guyana’s independence too by extending this years theme to include the success of the people of Guyana.
A brief history of Guyana – There are nine indigenous tribes residing in Guyana. Although Christopher Columbus sighted Guyana during his third voyage (in 1498), the Dutch were the first to establish colonies. The British assumed control in 1796, 18 years later the Dutch formally ceded the area (1814). In 1831 the separate colonies combines to become a single British colony known as British Guiana.
Since its Independence in 1824 Venezuela has claimed the area of land to the west of the Essequibo River. However, in 1899 an international tribunal ruled the land belonged to Great Britain. The border disputes persist and no final settlement has been reached.
Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966 and became a republic on 23 February 1970. This makes 2016 the anniversary of independence. wikipedia.org
We hope to see you on the 13th & 14th of August 2016.
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