Adult Programs

Carnival Symposium - Day 1

Carnival, Mad Cow Resurrection

Exploring the Cultural Identity of Mas

Free. Included with Museum Admission. RSVP required.

The symposium will explore some of the historical and creative facets of the Caribbean Carnival, a cultural celebration of global proportions that takes up new relevance and meaning in the various contexts where it manifests itself.
Denise Herrera Jackson, Chief Executive Officer at Festival Management Committee will MC the symposium.
10:00 AM - Doors Open
10:30 AM - Start
10:45 AM - Lyndon Phillip - So Why a Carnival, Here and Abroad?
11:10 AM - Gena Chang Campbell - We Playing Mas? Power and Identity in Carnival
11:35 AM - Caldwell Taylor - Carnival: The Colours of Our Inner Lives
12:00 PM - Amanda Carlson - Calabar Carnival: A Trinidadian Tradition in Africa
12:45 PM - Break
2:00 PM - Osei Brand - Home for Carnival: The Adoption and Evolution of Carnival
2:25 PM - Andil Gosine - Rum and Roti: A Satchel for Carnival
2:50 PM - Christopher Pinheiro - Ancestral Spirits: Stilt Dancing Moko Jumbies
3:30 PM - Keynote speaker Brian Mac Farlane
Keynote Speaker: Brian Mac Farlane
Brian Mac Farlane embodies the valour, vibrance, vigour, and vitality of Carnival. His award-winning creations and his custom-crafted, palatial performance pieces pulsate to the rhythm of his creative genius.
A the age of 15, Mac Farlane left school to concentrate on carnival design. During the 1990s, Mac Farlane’s many accolades and awards as a carnival designer included: South King of Carnival for Prisma Man of Colour (1993), National King of Carnival and Best Designer for The Conquest (1994), the latter of which would go on to win Carnival King of the World, at the first ever International King and Queen of Carnival Competition. Mac Farlane’s creations beat out participants from 38 other countries.
Mac Farlane has won Trinidad's Large Band of the Year Downtown title for the past seven years and the Large Band of the Year Uptown title for the last six years. He has also designed for international carnivals, winning Band of the Year in Australia and Canada. In 2010, Mac Farlane was awarded Trinidad and Tobago’s prestigious National Chaconia Medal Gold for Carnival Arts and Culture.

For the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, Mac Farlane was commissioned to design costumes for one of their twelve cultural performances. These costumes were paraded by some 2500 performers.

Mac Farlane has stated that one of his main goals as a modern Mas man is to preserve the tradition and true spirit of Mas in Trinidad. Mac Farlane often uses his Mas themes to make social or political statements on the state of his country and the world. Mac Farlane has said that he wants his work to be a reflection of Trinidad's history with Carnival.


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