The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission (ABFC) is pleased to announce that for the first time, as part of the 2020 Independence Celebrations, a Virtual Calypso Monarch Competition will be staged in Antigua and Barbuda on Saturday 31st October.
The competition is open to all citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, 18 years and over.
As the first of its kind to be held in Antigua and Barbuda, the event is styled as a two-round competition, a preliminary elimination, and the final event. For the preliminary event, songs will be adjudicated on tracks only, from which, a panel of judges will select ten finalists to participate in the inaugural Virtual Calypso Monarch Competition. For this event, each artiste will perform with the accompanying band.
The calypsonians who have produced good music over the years will have a financial incentive to participate as the winner will receive $10,500; with the runners-up receiving consolation prizes.
Registration for the competition opens on Wednesday, 23rd September. Forms can be collected at the National Festivals Office (NFO), located upstairs the Cecil George-John Building on the corner of Redcliffe Street and Corn Alley. Persons can also complete their registration online by visiting the Antigua Carnival website, www.antiguacarnival.com/virtualcalypsomonarch. Tracks (music) can be hand-delivered to the NFO on a flash drive or CD, or submitted online as an attachment to their online registration form.
The deadline for registration and track submission is Friday, 16th October.