Category Archives: ACTT NEWS
Place: Communications Workers Hall, Henry Street, Port of Spain
Date: Tuesday 20th March 2016
Conveners: ACTT & FITUN
Present: Joseph Remy President FITUN; Rubadiri Victor President ACTT; Alette Williams National Dance Association/ACTT member; Ashton Cunningham Fire Services/FITUN member
The Artists’ Coalition is calling on the Honourable Prime Minister and the government of Trinidad and Tobago to utilise Culture and the Creative Industries: as the arrowhead industries to lead the Diversification thrust of the nation; as an instrument to deal with crime; and as the force to cushion the blow of the recession for working class communities in the next 3 years,
- The Creative Industries are the second largest industries on planet Earth with earnings of $2.2 Trillion annually recorded since 2001 with a then growth rate of 5% (Hopkins 2001).
- The UK just released their Creative Industry data for 2015 and recorded that they were now earning £230.4 million (TT $2.3 billion) a day (!) from that industry.
- That industry’s growth rate of over 8% is many a percentage point over their traditional industries like energy and manufacturing.
- ACTT believes that the local Creative Sector could raise its annual foreign exchange contributions to the economy from its current plateau of $1.5 billion to over $6 billion+ in 5 short years.
The Minister of Finance has said that the current recession will last until 2019. ACTT has crafted a 3 year plan to grow the local Creative Sector geometrically whilst mapping the entire process. ACTT sees the initiative rolling-out alongside a Buy Local/Economic Patriotism initiative it will be partnering with other stakeholders on. The Creative Industry initiatives are critical because the country has invested billions in subsidising Arts education through GATE and the Academy of the Performing Arts- and is now losing its best graduates to Brain Drain because it has invested nothing in facilitating an Industry to receive these graduates. Read the rest of this entry
THE ARTISTS’ COALITION IS CALLING A SECTOR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY 2013 @ 5PM AT THE OFFICES OF THE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY ON LONG CIRCULAR ROAD, ST JAMES.
AT THIS MEETING ACTT’S PRESIDENT RUBADIRI VICTOR’S IS TO REPORT TO THE SECTOR AS TO HIS PROGRESS AS ADVISOR TO THE MINISTER OF ARTS IN GETTING IMPLEMENTATION TRACTION ON SECTOR INITIATIVES.
AT A SECTOR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE & SUBSEQUENTLY THE SECTOR DELIVERED A MANDATE OF INITIATIVES IT WISHES ATTEMPTED AND ACCOMPLISHED DURING THE 3 MONTH PERIOD OF THE ACTT PRESIDENT’S MINISTRY EMPLOY. SOME OF THOSE INITIATIVES INCLUDE:
- 50% LOCAL CONTENT
- LOCAL PRODUCTION BUDGETS AT CNMG
- THE ARTS COUNCIL
- THE NATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY
- REGULARISING SECTOR SUBVENTIONS
- THE NATIONAL HERITAGE SYSTEM
- AND MORE
REPRESENTATIVE GROUP PRESIDENT’S AND EXECUTIVES ARE ASKED TO COME OUT TO ENGAGE THE CONVERSATION. THIS IS OUR BUSINESS AND WE MUST BE SERIOUS ABOUT IT. PUT THE DATE AND TIME DOWN IN YOUR DIARIES.
Thank you again for your kindest consideration in this matter.
Contact 797-0949 OR 398-5037 for details and to RSVP.
Yours with respect,
Over the course of the last year ACTT lobbied for the creation of a ‘President’s Command Performance’ as the signal event for Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago. The event is meant to be ‘the black tie event of the social calendar’ where the best of our best are showcased onstage. The show culminates with a signature speech by the President and a gesture on his part. In his generosity and with vision His Excellency the just demitted President of the Republic Professor George Maxwell Richards agreed to the event- and to make it one of his legacies to the Office of the President.
Due to programming conflicts the inaugural performance could not have been held on Republic Day 2012. Many scheduling conflicts later it was finally decided that the Command Performance would be the President’s last event and act before the inauguration of our fifth President of the Republic. The Command Performance was held at Central Bank on Sunday 17 March 2013 featuring an extraordinary showcase of artists, from: storyteller Paul Keens Douglas; operatic genius Eddie Cumberbatch; dance guru Sat Balkaransingh; cuatro virtuoso Robert Munroe; a historic All-Star recreation of Lovey’s Band- the first band that recorded T&T’s music 100 years ago; and pan master Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe. The show was ably MCed by Dennis Mc Comie and His Excellency delivered a stirring speech on the need for ‘Restoration’ using the state of the President’s House as a metaphor for the state of the nation. The speech is available here.
PICTURES ARE AVAILABLE HERE
HERE IS A SUMMATION OF THE WORK DONE BY ACTT IN 2012 IN REPRESENTING THE CREATIVE & CULTURAL SECTOR OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. The following gives an overview of ACTT’s work in 2012. It looks at projects engaged, battles fought, ground won and lost. It is a dispassionate assessment of the battlefield of cultural activism and ACTT’s role in it. IT WAS A HARDCORE YEAR WITH MANY BLOODY BATTLES WITH SOME SERIOUS LOSSES,BUT ALSO SOME CRITICAL VICTORIES. ACTT WAS ABLE TO WORK ON 6 MAJOR PROJECTS & PURSUE 12 LINES OF ACTIVISM WITH SOME DEGREE OF SUCCESS. WE WERE ABLE TO STOP CERTAIN MAJOR FOLLIES FROM GOING THROUGH, BUT WERE UNABLE TO STOP THE MAJOR BETRAYAL OF THE SECTOR WITH THE REMOVAL OF THE 129 LINE ITEMS. MEANWHILE THE SECTOR LOST OVER 50 GIANTS & THE COUNTRY IS NOW ON THE BRINK OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ITS GOLDEN AGE GENERATION. It may be possible in hindsight to look back and see 2012 as a turning point in the battle for the mainstreaming of the progressive agendas of the Cultural Sector in Trinidad & Tobago.
Friday 1st December 2012
The Honourable Ms Kamla Persad-Bissessar
The Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago
The Office of the Prime Minister
Port of Spain
Dear Honourable Prime Minister,
It has come to our attention that the Ministry of Trade along with the Ministry of Finance has instructed The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (TTFC) to meet with the Minister of Finance (Corporation Sole) immediately to have its named changed to that of The Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company (TTCIC) thus effectively winding up the TTFC and cementing the process of forming the super-company TTCIC.
REASONS NOT TO PROCEED:
We the undersigned do strongly urge the government NOT to proceed with the former action for the following reasons:
- Such an action is a clear breach of faith by the Minister of Trade who at our first and only consultation agreed to continue consultations with the sector as regards the nature and fate of the TTFC and the idea of the TTCIC. All subsequent attempts to engage such a meeting with the Minister have failed.
- We also note through correspondence sent to us that the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Authority (TTCSI) has been instructed by said Ministry to coordinate ‘consultations’ with stakeholders on the forming of cultural sector ‘advisory committees’ for the TTCIC. This came despite the fact that there was near unanimous rejection of the governance model of the TTCIC at the ‘consultation’ with its idea of a businessman-led and weighted board along with a hand-picked CEO running the company in charge of the Creative Sector with cultural industry stakeholders reduced to ‘advisory committees’ with zero executive and policy making powers. This TTCSI initiative then is a clear breach of trust and bargaining protocol Read the rest of this entry