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Thousands of families, creative aficionados, pre-teens, young adults and students converged at Queen’s Hall on April 28-30, 2016 to experience the ultimate event – The Republic Bank DeciBel Entertainment Conference and Expo 2016 which shined the spotlight on the local creative sector whilst showcasing the work of international performers such as Canadian Master illusionist Darcy Oake, host of 'Hit Da Floor' Rob Riley and Master Choreographer/Dancer, Megan Batoon.

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts was pleased to be a major  sponsor of this event which focused on film, music, dance, and fashion sectors within the creative industries. Moreover, the Ministry participated in the two-day arts and entertainment exposition on April 29-30, which gave youths the opportunity to interact and network with skilled local and international industry professionals regarding the multiple careers and activities in the creative industry. 

Visitors were provided with information regarding the range of programmes and services offered by the Ministry and got the opportunity to test their knowledge and be educated about activities in the local community, creative and culture sectors through digital technology.  This includes programmes run by the Culture Division, Community Development Division, Community Mediation Division, Export Centres Company Limited, the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition, The National Museum and Art Gallery, The National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers among others.

There was also a booth administered by Queen’s Hall which introduced aspiring creative practitioners to lighting and stage management.  Queen’s Hall is one of the performance spaces under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.

Participants were also exposed to the Ministry’s Grant funding process and the three National Performing Arts Entities (The National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago (NSSO), The National Theatre Arts Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NTACTT) and The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago (NPO).

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Participants interacting with staff of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts 

 

There were interactive sessions with performing artists who are practitioners in the creative and cultural sector and have represented the country internationally. Some of the patrons were able to have one-on-one interaction, for the first time, with some of Trinidad and Tobago’s traditional carnival characters such as the Dame Lorraine, Black Indian,Baby Doll, the Sailor, Fancy Indian and Pierrot Grenade.    This added a unique and exciting element to the Ministry’s presentation at the event.

 

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Secondary school students with the Dame Lorraine (June Sankar) at the DeciBel Expo

 

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Participants with the Fancy Indian (Jason Mohammed) at DeciBel Expo 2016.

 

Some of the key partners of the DeciBel Expo and Conference 2016 included corporate Trinidad and Tobago and stakeholder groups such as Republic Bank, blink bmobile, Samsung and Synergy TV. 

Generally, participants who visited the event were provided with an interactive forum where education was merged with the creative arts through multiple theme park attractions and live entertainment thereby creating a wholesome experience for the general public.