Soca Royale changes?
The Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions could be held at night from next year.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley said this may be “necessary and highly possible” given that artiste competing in both competitions have been increasingly incorporating lighting and special effects in their performances.
“I think this is something that we may have to do. Both competitions have adopted a number of night lighting and it is looking as though we may need to consider that possibility. You can see from the massive turnout here that this event continues to be a very popular event,” he said as he toured Bushy Park last evening.
“I think that we are on the right track in terms of continuing to ensue that we can satisfy our stakeholders and that is why two years ago we moved one aspect of the competition into the night and one of the things that we may very well contemplate is putting both of the competitions during the night time and that is something that we may have to consult with our stakeholders about. . .,” the minister said.
This year, the Sweet Soca competition started at 4:30 pm, while the Party Monarch got underway at 7 pm.