Folk Presentation

Overview

The Folk Presentation Competition registration begins on Thursday April 7th and runs until April 23rd 2022 in all districts of Trinidad and Tobago. This year we are introducing Individual Registration, which means that Individuals for the first time can register for the competition. The categories where solo/individual registration is allowed are indicated below in the list of Categories to be adjudicated for 2022.

 

The Table below shows the Categories to be adjudicated for 2022:

 

Table 1: Group and/or solo registration is indicated

 

MUSIC DANCE DRAMATIZED LITERATURE
Folk Song Solo African Devotional Dance Group & Solo Anansi Skits Group
Local Fusion Solo East Indian Devotional Dance

Group & Solo

Folk Character Group
Pan Solo Spiritual Liturgical

Group & Solo

Carnival Character Group
Calypso Medley Group African Influenced

Group & Solo

Ceremonies & Customs Group
Folk Medley Group East Indian Influenced

Group & Solo

Historical Significance (related to Trinidad &Tobago) Group
African Devotional Song Group & Solo Limbo Dance

Group

Literature
East Indian Devotional Song Group & Solo Local Interpretative

Group & Solo

Village Chat  Group
Tassa Group Creative Freestyle

Group & Solo

Poetry/Spoken Word Solo
Drumology Group National Patriotic Dance

Group & Solo

Short Story Solo

 

How to Register

 

Participants can register by visiting the nearest district office where Best Village officers are waiting to assist or by clicking on the relevant district link below.

LINKS FOR REGISTRATION IN EACH DISTRICT

https://forms.gle/M2Ed6fR6X8hG5s3a7 – St George East

https://forms.gle/fVoYdQpvjjtcurnLA – St George West

https://forms.gle/D5By9XHQ1Z3axvoaA – Caroni North

https://forms.gle/HiLbZuUSaiDfT5S28 – Caroni South

https://forms.gle/StMgbstFNX5mU8629 – Victoria East

https://forms.gle/kDLvC6BtiVY63Dw4A – Victoria West

https://forms.gle/hDN1jmWnr4Ax9nFa6 – St Patrick East

https://forms.gle/VkQhCcwrtAvWpuCj7 – St Patrick West

https://forms.gle/NQp3jzXbwy9ePstQA – St Andrew/St David

https://forms.gle/xXTaaaaAp54r8jTcA  – Nariva/Mayaro

https://forms.gle/vLvg8k3eEWnRTfFMA – Tobago

 

Folk Presentation Guidelines

Please note despite the relaxed Covid 19 measures, participant numbers remain the same for 2022.  All health and safety protocols continue to be observed.

  1. Dramatized Literature: – This will feature short skits, for the duration of eight (8) minutes minimum to ten (10) minutes maximum. Each sketch should consist of no more than six (6) actors in the production based on the following categories:
  • Anansi Skits
  • Folk Character Skits
  • Carnival Character Skits
  • Ceremonies & Customs Skits
  • Historical Relevance (related to Trinidad &Tobago)

 

  1. Dance and Music are to have no more than six (6) persons in a particular item. However, items which require accompaniment can have a maximum of three (3) persons. Folk Medley and Calypso Medley choirs will have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 persons which include the following:
  • Any combination of at least three (3) songs (of the three songs used, each must have at least eight consecutive bars of music) from Folk Songs with a traditional/authentic Folk Melody of Calypsos from 1919 to present.
  1. The solo categories under Folk Music include:
  • Local Fusion – Original local compositions that originate from contemporary popular culture which holds a definite Trinidad and Tobago/Caribbean flavour, but may meld other musical influences from throughout the world. E.g. Jamoo, Rapso. Other contemporary local forms.
  • Pan Solo – Playing a Trinidad and Tobago or Caribbean Melody, competitors are allowed live accompaniment (2 persons maximum).
  • Folk Song Solo – Solo performance of a Folk Song with a traditional/authentic Folk Melody.
  1. African Devotional Song and East Indian Devotional Song can be either Solos or Choirs;
  • African-Devotional Songs and melodies – traditional songs of prayer and devotion derived from the African experience. These songs, chants and melodies are specific and pays homage to the Heavenly Gods or the Orisha’s/Deities, E.g.– Shango, Oshun/Yemaya, Osain, Yemoja, Obatala, Oggun, Erinle, et al. Including some of Shango Baptiste Doptions and some Nation (tribes).
  • East Indian Devotional – traditional songs of prayer and devotion derived from the East Indian experience. E.g. Bhagan, Toomree, Ghazals and Caseedas.
  1. Music categories are a minimum of 3 minutes, maximum of 4 minutes.
  2. All dances can have a maximum of 6 performers and minimum of 1 performer (i.e. solos, duets or trios included).
  3. Dances are a minimum of 3 minutes, maximum of 4 minutes.

 

  1. Tassa and Drumology to have no more than six (6) persons involved on stage for the performance. (4 minutes)
  • Tassa – Utilizing bass, cutter, fuller and ghige to play various hands of rhythms for such occasions as Hosay, Weddings, Ramleela, etc. Must have a minimum of four (4) performers.
  • Drumology – Afro Caribbean in nature, using traditional African drums with a minimum of four (4) performers.

 

  1. Short Story and Poetry/Spoken Word which are both solo categories are a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 4 minutes.

 

  1. Please note that one (1) average point will be deducted for every 20 seconds or part thereof over or under the stipulated time.

GUIDELINES

LA REINE RIVE     

This competition targets young ladies between the ages of 18 to 27 years.

Participants must belong to a Community Group (as they will be required to represent the group and the community)

Contestants will be judged on Self-Expression, Talent and their response to the on stage question.

  • Self-Expression will be adjudicated at all levels of the competition. Contestants will have a maximum of two (2) minutes to speak about the village or community their group is registered to represent (e.g. where the village/community is located, what it is famous for etc.)

 

  • The Talent which will also be adjudicated at all levels of the competition can be:
  • DANCE,
  • DRAMA
  • MUSIC (Singing, Drumming or Playing of an Instrument)

The Talent can also be a combination of each, i.e. dance, music and drama. Contestants will have a maximum of four (4) minutes and a minimum of three (3) minutes to showcase their performance.

 

  • On Stage Question
  • The top 5 queens will be required to respond to an On Stage Question.
  • The questions will be based on the history, culture, traditions and current affairs of Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information please contact the District Offices.

OFFICE  LOCATION DISTRICT OFFICE

 

St. George West

District Office

Best Village Unit

Community Development Div.

2nd Floor, Jobco Bldg.,

#51 Frederick Street, POS

Tel. No.:  624-5268

Fax No.:  625-7134

 

St. George East

District Office

Best Village Unit

Administrative Complex

Tunapuna

Tel./ Fax No.: 662-4241

 

Caroni North

District Office

Warrenville Regional Complex

Munroe Road, Warrenville

Tel.: 693-1087

 

Caroni South

District Office

Warrenville Regional Complex

Munroe Road, Warrenville

Tel.: 693-1087

 

Victoria East

District Office

Best Village Unit

Community Development Office

Marlson’s Building

#97, High Street, Princes Town

Tel. No.: 655-6878

Fax No.: 655-2252

Victoria West

District Office

Mon Repos Regional Complex

Tyler Smith Street

San Fernando

653- 5203

 

St. Patrick East

District Office

Best Village Unit

Community Development Office

Ground Floor, Admin. Complex

High Street, Siparia

Tel./Fax No.: 649- 2473 / 649-3232

St. Patrick West

District Office

Best Village Unit

Community Development Office

Point Fortin

Tel./Fax No.: 648-5138

Nariva/Mayaro

District Office

Best Village Unit

Community Development Office

#11 Ramrattan Building

Nariva/Mayaro Road, Rio Claro

Tel./Fax No.: 644-0849

 

St. Andrew/St. David

District Office

Best Village Unit

Community Development Office

#358 Brierly Street

Sangre Grande

Tel./Fax No.: 691-3702

 

Tobago District Office Best Village Office Tobago

Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation,

Department of Culture,

#12 Sangster’s Hill,

Scarborough,

Tobago.

Tel: 639-2125 Ext. 2219