bmobile supports the development of local arts

bmobile supports the development of local arts through the Best Village and La Reine Rive Competitions


Port of Spain, Trinidad, August 29, 2017


With their beautiful gowns and well-choreographed presentations accompanied by music and stage props, the judges had a difficult time choosing a winner from the 16 La Reine Rive contestants.   But at the end of the evening, Rayshawn Pierre of the North West Laventille Cultural Movement was crowned Miss La Reine Rive 2017.  Titled ‘La Gran Z’Affaire’, the event was the awards function for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy and La Reine Rive Finals hosted by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, with support from bmobile, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts.

Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts delivered the feature address during which she welcomed the audience of supporters and congratulated all the participants, members of her Ministry, the Best Village Unit, community groups and village councils for the sterling performances and art forms displayed throughout the 8 months of the competition.  “On its own, the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition could not achieve its success.  We need you the participants, the lovers of Best Village, who come out to all the shows and support the Best Village artistes.  You have sustained one of our country’s most impactful and longest-running competitions.  Through the years, this competition has been carried by groups and individuals with passion and unwavering commitment and this evening I say thank you for your dedication and your diligence.”

Gervon Abraham, TSTT’s Manager Government Sales & Services congratulated all the winners of the evening.  He noted that the high quality of the performances continues to delight every year and the performing arts in Trinidad and Tobago is alive and well with a very bright future.  “The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy and La Reine Rive competitions continue to be a creative avenue for communities to develop and showcase their incredible talent.  As the only full-service and locally-owned communications solutions provider, it is an honour for bmobile to support this important annual event which focuses on the development of our nationals.”

Miss La Reine Rive 2017 1st Runner up (2nd place) was Cavel Gordon of the Tobago Drama Guild and Hampden Lowlands Auchenskeoch Village Council; 2nd runner up (3rd place) was Rhesa Chan of the Whiteland Village Council; 3rd runner up (4th place) was Cherisse Ealie of the Soul Oasis Cultural Ambassadors; 4th runner up (5th place) was Nadiola Brasnell of the Bago House of Kulture Stars; and 5th runner up (6th place) was Kadine Edwards of the Malick Folk Performing Company.

The other big winners of the night were the Folk Theatre Finalists of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition.  The Malick Folk Performing Company emerged as the winner; followed by Bon Bassa Productions in 2nd place; the North West Laventille Cultural Movement captured 3rd place; Three Roads Youth Group placed 4th; and the Cocorite Ujamma Folk Performers rounded off the winners list in 5th place.

Folk Theatre Special Awards, partly sponsored by bmobile, were also presented with the Malick Folk Performing Company walking away with the lion’s share, including Best Directed Production; Best Director – Louis Mc Williams and Anton Brewster; and Best Musical Director – Tammico Moore and Krisson Joseph.  Best Choreographer was won by Gregor Breedy of the North West Laventille Cultural Movement.  Miss La Reine Rive 2017, Rayshawn Pierre, was among the winners who walked away with a special prize courtesy bmobile.

There was a full house to witness the crowning moments of ‘La Gran Z’Affaire’.  Among the audience were Angela Edwards, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts; Councillor Nadine Stewart-Phillips, Tobago House of Assembly Secretary Tourism, Culture and Transportation; members of the Diplomatic Corps; and members of the Best Village Unit, community Groups and village councils.  The night was rounded off with riveting performances by guests Siparia Police Youth Club with a Bele dance, an East Indian dance by the Bollywood Dance Company and parang by La Creole Folk Performers.

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