Carnival winners lament unpaid prize monies, ministry says they are ‘working on processing payments’

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King Zacari

Participants in this year’s Carnival are still owed their prize monies months after the summer festival.

Some have taken to social media to express their frustration, noting that this has become a regular occurrence.

Art ‘Drastic’ Philip, a finalist in the 2022 Groovy Soca Monarch competition, told social media that “all I want for Christmas is my prize money”.

He went to say that after more than four months of waiting he is tempted to “start talking the things”.

King Zacari, who crowned winner of the social commentary segment of the Calypso Monarch competition, also shared his displeasure saying: “Better can be done because money is being bantered about the place doing non-sense.”

The five-time Calypso Monarch was especially upset by the fact the winners were given empty envelopes on stage.

“The insult of it all is that when we were on stage, they had people posing with empty envelopes … they should have told me that it is just a show; I would have understood,” he stated.

Meanwhile, spokeswoman in the Ministry of Creative Industries, Cecelia Thwaites told Observer that they are “working on processing payments as speedily as [they] can”.

She, however, disclosed that there is a funding issue. NEWSCO

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13 COMMENTS

    • @ Gaston the Crook

      This government is SO DAM BROKE!!!

      How can we put them back to mis-mange the affairs of the state. With the billions of dollars collected from all sources and cannot even pay operating suppliers, their sheer incompetence is shown up!!!!
      GET RID A DEM and all the wastage and corruption that their enrichment schemes have yielded to the ministers and their MINIONS

    • @ NEXT LEVEL

      And guess what?

      They are going to borrow money to pay civil servants an increase.

      Obviously another gimmic, BECAUSE ONCE THE ELECTION IS PASSED they will increase taxes, so all the ‘artificial increase’ will go back to government in taxes and the VICIOUS CYCLE WILL CONTINUE.
      ANTIGUA IS BUSTED, ON A COLLISON COURSE AND ALL ANTIGUANS WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL THE MONEY THAT GASTON AND HIS MINISTERS AND MILLIONS TIEF.

  1. Jumbee_Picknee says, this type of behaviour by those charged with managing the Carnival/Bacchanal celebrations, as in not paying #winners, vendors, participants goes way back, way, way back for decades.
    Years ago, the Calypsonians would be amongst the first to be paid, more like a month or two after the carnival ended, then others such as Mas/Troupe winners had to wait up to the following year to be paid and sometimes not.
    It appears, as if it has gotten worst. It’s always being known, that Our Government for decades, don’t really care about local artists and the hard work which they put in to keep whatever #morsel is left, of the ORIGINAL CULTURE, as it pertains, to the Arts & Entertainment. This is one of the major factors, why local entertainers, rarely HEADLINE a show/event/concert. Of course Burning Flames, Short Shirt, Swallow are exceptions, but where is the continuity, to grow and reward our own local artists/talents?
    It’s no wonder, DANCEHALL to Reggaeton to Spanish music are played in the entertainment spots over other “local” music.

    It’s a lack of respect from those at the helm.

    Buff said, Jumbee_Picknee aka Ras Smood son of Mami_Wata and Papa_Elegba!

  2. Poor Gaston ” The Emperor” Browne and the ABLP, it looks like the – electoral – chickens are coming home to roost 🐓 🐓 🐓 at the next General Election.

    THE “ABLP” CARNIVAL WAS THE WORST IN LIVING MEMORY; AND UP TILL NOW, THEY STILL CAN’T PAY THE WINNING ARTISTS?!

    🎶 PARTY, PARTY, PARTY, PARTY DONE …🎵

  3. Shame, Shame, Shame. Yet Gaston continues to boast about his ‘economic powerhouse.” Captain, this ship is sinking!

  4. I am sure a lot of you artists are Labour supporters. You get what you vote for. Gaston’s government doesn’t care about you. How many black Antiguans are owed millions by the government and forced into bankruptcy? They find money to pay their friends and travel all over the world. They are arrogant and take you for fools who will still vote for them no matter how they treat black 🐜.

  5. THIS ‘ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE’ IS ANYTHING BUT

  6. Sorry off topic but what the F*CK is wrong with ecab ATMs??? Don’t dispense the cash, your bank account shows money came out! Anybody else?

  7. Pensioners please vote In the upcoming election. Over 2 years now I’m still 1 month behind on pension payment. Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, they can only payout when payments come in. This is my money, myself and my employer paid into the Govt mandated Ponzi scheme. Gaston, just know where you stand with me, I voting UPP!!!

    • I can’t believe that pension payments are still being delayed after all the previous criticisms about this.

      What a shocking state of affairs @ My 2 Sense, and yet this government can still waste tax payers money on frivolous things like DODGY airlines with fake passengers …

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