Michael Anthony Launches “Encyclopedia of Carnival in the 20th Century”

Port of Spain,Trinidad - When was the first street Carnival? Who was the first King of Calypso? Which mas’ maker has won the most trophies for his work? These and nearly all other Carnival-related questions are answered in the latest work of celebrated author and historian Michael Anthony.

The book, titled, The Carnivals of Trinidad and Tobago: From Inception to Year 2000 was launched on Wednesday at a BLINK bmobile-sponsored event held at NALIS.

“The Carnivals of Trinidad and Tobago is an encyclopedia of everything Carnival in the 20th Century. It is like the Wikipedia of Carnival, except in print,” said Professor Bridget Brereton, lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The Carnivals of Trinidad and Tobago deals with the time period from 1785 (the arrival of the French, who brought the Roman Catholic Carnival to Trinidad) to 2000. It traces the evolution of Carnival and its struggle, as well as the rise of steelpan and calypso.

In his remarks at the launch, Anthony expressed his deep gratitude for the support of Lonsdale, Saatchi and Saatchi for their editorial work and BLINK bmobile for sponsoring the launch of the book. The author said he was surprised by and deeply thankful for the amount of support the telecommunications company provided.

“I have always heard that TSTT is a great supporter of culture and now I have seen it myself,” Anthony said.

Edghill Messiah, TSTT’s Vice President Human Resources and Administration, told the audience that “when we were approached about providing support for a new book written by Michael Anthony … we were immediately enthusiastic about becoming involved …. It is my sincere wish that the book will one day be included on school book lists so the youth can read and understand the history of this great festival.”

BLINK bmobile made both a direct monetary donation and purchased 15 copies of The Carnivals of Trinidad and Tobago, donating 10 to NALIS.

Along with friends, fans and those with an interest in Carnival history and culture, Venezuelan ambassador Maria Eugenia Marcano Casado and Costa Rican ambassador Ricardo Thompson Thompson were also present at the launch.