Antigua to host Carnival 2022 to showcase vibrant culture of country

The theme for the Carnival is "Experience Greatness – Again!". The government is going to launch the Carnival after a two-year hiatus from the summer festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival featured vibrant displays of the culture of the country and was always staged at the historic Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre. 

Antigua to host Carnival 2022 to showcase vibrant culture of country
Antigua to host Carnival 2022 to showcase vibrant culture of country

Antigua and Barbuda: The government of Antigua and Barbuda, through the ministry of Creative Industries and Innovation (MCII), announced the launch of Antigua’s 2022 edition of Carnival with vibrant cultural performances on Thursday May 19, 2022. 

The Carnival will be held from July 27, 2022, to August 2, 2022

The theme for the Carnival is “Experience Greatness – Again!”. The government is going to launch the Carnival after a two-year hiatus from the summer festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival featured vibrant displays of the culture of the country and was always staged at the historic Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre. 

Minister with responsibility for festivals, Dr Michael Browne, also exclaimed that around 50 countries across the globe launched and celebrated carnivals, but there is no comparison with the greatest summer festival-Antigua’s Carnival. 

He also encouraged and challenged residents to witness the reigniting of the spirit of Carnival this year. 

There will be numerous cultural performances from the country’s leading soca and calypso performers such as Tian Winter, Claudette’ CP’ Peters, Jahsan Hughes, Dennise’ Menace’ Roberts, Althea’ Queen Althea’ Williams and Richie Francis.

The government have also acknowledged the difficulties prevailed by the novel coronavirus and stated that the threat of the pandemic is still looming in the country. 

“Putting on Carnival this year is a challenge, and it has been a challenge primarily because we still wonder covid gone? Is it going? Is it coming back?… we are still at that tipping point of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he warned.”

Residents have been keeping an eye on plans for this year’s festivities amid warnings that the relaxation of the country’s Covid 19 protocols could be reversed with a spike in active cases of the virus.

At present, there are 175 active confirmed virus cases in the twin-island state.

The launch ended with a parade of rhythmic steelpan and iron band music, masqueraders, stilt walkers and fire breathers, along with other cultural fixtured during the summer festival.

Organizers have changed this year’s lineup, opting for a list of pre-carnival and main events.