All persons desirous of becoming calypso competition adjudicators can sharpen their skills during a series of workshops organised by the National Festivals Office (NFO).
The first session will take place on Saturday, February 19, and every Saturday until March 26 at the Ministry of Tourism’s Conference Room from 10 am to 1 pm.
According to a release, the workshops will go into depth and will cover a wide range of topics to include: History of Calypso; History of Calypso in Antigua & Barbuda; Adjudicating a Calypso Competition; Adjudicators’ Roles & Guidelines; Adjudicators’ Code of Ethics.
At the end of the theoretical sessions, four practical assignments will be conducted. Participants, who would have achieved 100 per cent attendance at these sessions will receive a certificate of attendance.
Facilitator Richard Apparicio noted his pleasure at conducting the exercise.
“I am extremely excited about this project … I have been observing that over the years, we have been doing a disservice to not just only this art form but also to the contestants who compete in our competitions. This is the rationale why I have decided to take off my hat as the business manager/financial controller of the NFO and dedicate my time for six weeks to facilitate these sessions. Six weeks will give me adequate time to cover the subject areas,” Apparicio said.
He is appealing to educators who specialise in English Literature (English B), history and music, and persons with a passion for this cultural art form to attend the sessions.
Persons interested in participating in the Calypso Adjudicators Workshops are asked to register at the National Festivals Office located on the first floor of the Pigotts Mall on Market and Redcliffe streets. Application forms will only be available during office hours, Mondays to Thursdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm and on Fridays from 8 am to 3 pm.
Further information can be obtained by calling 462-4707/0194.