Kontact keeping costume prices level
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House, The Garrison, on Thursday after Kontact and the Robinson Smiles & Hope Foundation presented eight primary schools with thousands of dollars’ worth of stationery.
He said that the band’s postmortem of last year’s festival showed that overall it performed well, but he added that Kontact would continue to work to improve the road experience for Foreday Morning and Grand Kadooment.
He said that in light of the tough economic climate Kontact would not be increasing prices of its classic, elite or premium elite costumes.
“We started working since October, as we usually do. We came up with a theme for Foreday and then Grand Kadooment. And it is good to launch earlier because it gives the revellers more time to pay for their costumes,” Layne said.
He added that they continue to push the festival internationally, first with Miami Carnival several years ago and now in June with alliances in New York and Hollywood, in which the Bajan masqueraders will partner with Extacy Mas.
Regarding the contribution to the schools, worth $10 000, Layne said this was the third year the groups have been helping schools in this way and promised to continue to give back.
“ This year we decided to bring all the schools to this location to make one big presentation because at Kontact we don’t just do mas, we give back as well. We are trying to make sure each school has the adequate amount of stationery for the children in their charge that might not have,” he said.
The schools benefiting included Bay Primary, George Lamming, Reynold Weekes, Ellerton, Turners Hall and Eagle Hall. Eagle Hall teacher Jevonne Browne said she was appreciative of the donation, while information technology coordinator at Bay Primary, Franz Warner-Harris, encouraged more organisations to do the same. ( TG)