Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition
The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition 2018 will begin on April 28th in Princes Town. Trinidad and Tobago’s longest running community arts festival, Best Village has been a main incubator for this country’s finest creative talents, both on and off stage since 1963.
The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition was and still very much is intended to promote the nation’s culture through drama, song, music and dance; the folk and traditional arts taste of the talent within the Best Village competition.
Congratulations to Swastika Group representative Anjali Ramlalsingh, 2018 Ms La Reine Rive and warm congratulations to all our winning community arts organisations.
Ms La Reine Rive Winners
2018 Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition Results
Folk Dance Preliminaries
Ms La Reine Rive
About the Prime Minister’s Best Village Competition
The PMBVTC is an annual developmental programme with a competitive element. Its overall purpose is to discover and develop latent talent and traditions of all village/community councils, youth groups, women’s groups, sporting and cultural organisations and other groups within communities in Trinidad and Tobago. This programme was conceptualised to build cultural, environmental and sporting skills of people within the context of indigenous traditions.
Objectives of the Programme
The objectives of the programme are to:
- Empower communities;
- Provide an opportunity for communities to be more conscious about their environment and participate in exercises that will enhance their surroundings and at the same time, develop a sense of self-worth;
- Encourage a sense of national pride, and community spirit through healthy competition and social interactions;
- Encourage the creativity of our peoples in their food and artistic talents;
- Encourage the retention of the Folk Art and contribute to the development of art in communities. Identify, preserve and record our historical and environmental sites throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
To champion the integrated village concept in and among communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
To partner with our communities, to identify and satisfy their needs through the provision of gender-sensitive, quality programmes and services, thereby achieving improvement in their standard of living whilst encouraging retention of their traditions.
Best Village Community Council Groups
All village/community councils, youth Groups, women’s groups, sporting and cultural organisations are invited to participate in any of the categories. To be considered for the overall champion of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition, groups must compete in a minimum of six (6) categories.
Each village/community council, youth groups, women’s groups, sporting and cultural group must be a properly constituted organisation with an elected executive structure. Before entering the competition the organisation must possess a banking account with a recognised commercial bank, with evidence of at least three (3) authorising signatories. All documents must be submitted to the Head Office through the District Offices. Entry Forms must be submitted two (2) weeks before the commencement date for competition in each category.
Each village/community council, youth groups, women’s groups, sporting and cultural group on entering the competition must elect an organising committee with sub-committees to organise the various categories.
Each village/community council, youth groups, women’s groups, sporting and cultural group will be responsible for ensuring that no individual from their group participates with any other village/community council, sporting or cultural group in the competition. Failure to do so, will risk disqualification of the individual or group from participating in the competition.
The group with the highest composite score from its participation in the various categories of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition will emerge overall champion, with the proviso that the group must participate in a minimum of six (6) competitive categories.
The competition is divided into eight (8) competitive categories and one (1) non-competitive category: –
- Category I Village Olympics
- Category II Environment and Sanitation
- Category III National Handicraft
- Category IV Food and Folk Fair
- Category V La Reine Rive (Miss Best Village)
- Category VI Folk Theatre Folk Presentations
- Category VII Village Chat Short Stories (Folk Tales) and Poetry
- Category VIII Traditions of Carnival
- Category IX Junior Best Village (Non-Competitive)
(Each category is linked to a PDF detailing the particulars of each event which is included separately)
The competition will be organized at District level. There are eleven (11) Districts: –
- St. George East
- St. George West
- St. Andrew/St. David
- Victoria East
- Victoria West
- St. Patrick East
- St. Patrick West
- Caroni North
- Caroni South
- Tobago (Leeward and Windward)
Rules & Regulations
CATEGORY RULES AND REGULATIONS
CATEGORY I: FOOD & FOLK FAIR
This category will be organized on a District level and will be adjudicated at the Community Festivals. There will be three (3) areas of participation, one competitive and two non-competitive as follows:
a) Best Menu of the Day (Competitive);
b) The Farmers’ Market – Garden Produce (Non-competitive);
c) The Craft Market (Non-competitive)
Areas for the sale of food and beverages will be made available to registered groups based on availability. Allocation of booths and kitchens will be decided by ‘the Organizing Committee’ comprising the Best Village Coordinator; the Programme Manager- Best Village; a representative of the Community Development Division; and the District’s Senior Best Village Officer.
All persons selling food must have a Food Handler’s Badge.
A. Best Local Menu of the Day
1. This category is open to all Village/Community Councils, Women’s Groups, Youth Groups, Sporting and Cultural Organizations.
2. Prizes will be awarded at each Fair for the Best Local Menu of the day, served at the Fair. Menus submitted for the competition must be made available for sale to the general public.
3. Food and beverage at the Fair can be, but are not limited to:
i. Food – All cooked food: crab and calalloo, coo-coo, roti, fried fish, pastelles, pelau, pow, accra, bake, saltfish, float, phoulourie, souse, paime, boiled corn, alloo pies, cachorie, arepas, and foods from all ethnic groups.
ii. Beverage – Hot and cold drinks such as coffee, cocoa, mauby, sorrel, ginger-beer etc.
4. All food handlers are to be appropriately attired at all times i.e. provision of hair covering and apron/coat.
5. Provision will not be made for major cooking on site. All food must be brought to the event and stored accordingly.
6. Hot foods are to be maintained at a temperature of 60 ̊C/140 ̊F or above and cold foods at a temperature of 5 ̊C/41 ̊F or below.
7. All foods (including drinks) and equipment are to be stored at least 12 – 18 inches above the floor.
8. All meats, sea food, vegetables and ice for human consumption are to be stored separately and at the required temperature of 5 ̊C/41 ̊F or below.
9. Foods are to be covered at all times so as to ensure that insects and other contaminants do not come into direct contact with food.
Hints – The menu and price must be clearly posted on the booth, there must be an adequate supply of this dish, which must be available to the public for sale. The Chef must be present and prepared to discuss the dish’s preparation with the judges. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m.
B. The Farmers’ Market (Garden Produce)
The Garden Produce aspect of this Fair will take the form of a traditional Farmers’ Market. To this end, the Ministry of Agriculture will be contacted to partner fully with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and assist in organising this aspect of the Fair.
C. The Craft Market
All the craft at the Fair, will be available for sale to the public. A well laid-out, properly organised area will be created within the Fair dedicated to the display and sale of craft
.Allocation of space will be decided by a committee (The Organizing Committee) comprising the Best Village Coordinator, the Programme Manager-Best Village, a representative of the Community Development Division, and the District’s Senior Best Village and Community Development Officers.
CATEGORY II: LA REINE RIVÉ (MISS BEST VILLAGE)
This category is open to all Village/Community Councils, Women’s Groups, Youth Groups, Sporting and Cultural Organizations participating in any of the other competitive categories.
1. Groups must select a queen, aged between sixteen (16) and twenty-five (25) years, who will be interviewed by the Co- ordinator, Programme Manager, Best Village Officer II or the Chairperson of the La Reine Rivé Committee, prior to the Preliminaries of this Competition. The selected queen SHOULD NOT BE younger than sixteen (16) years at the start of the competition nor older than twenty-five (25) years by the end of the competition.
2. At the preliminary stage, contestants will compete at the Community Festivals. Tobago will take charge of their own competition, sending the winner through to the Final round. To qualify for the Finals, a queen must score seventy-five (75) percent and above.
3. A total of fifteen (15) queens will be selected to compete at the La Reine Rivé Finals. These will consist of the eleven (11) top qualifying Queens from each district. The final four (4) will be selected from the remaining participants by order of Merit.
4. The finalists will be judged on self-expression and talent on one night and on Evening Gown on the Final night.
5. To qualify for acceptance as a contestant, one must:
Have a Secondary Education or must be attending Secondary School;
Be a performer/organizer in the village/group.
Be able to answer questions prepared by the Organizing/Management Committee based on the History and Culture of Trinidad and Tobago, such as:
- – How will you describe life in your village?
- – What is the history of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition?
- – How will you describe the Culture of Trinidad and Tobago?
- – What are four (4) facts about Trinidad and Tobago?
6.Persons who had the opportunity of being a contestant atthe final level must not be selected for future La Reine Rivé competitions.
7. The conduct and deportment of the selected contestants are very important.
8. All contestants must provide their own hairdressers and make-up artistes. All contestants are allowed four (4) additional persons on stage for the talent and evening gown categories to assist with their portrayals.
9. A brief description of each contestant’s Evening Gown must be submitted at least ten (10) days prior to the final night of the competition. NO DESCRIPTIONS will be accepted after the stipulated day.
Contestants have a maximum of two (2) minutes to speak on the village where their group is based. The content must not be about the contestant or group, but the village e.g. where it is located, what it is famous for etc. One (1) average point will be deducted for every minute or fraction of a minute over the stipulated time. The time commences when the contestant begins to speak.
Contestants have a maximum of four (4) minutes to showcase their performance which could be dance, music, literature or a combination of all the performing elements. One (1) average point will be deducted for every minute or fraction of a minute over the stipulated time. Best Village is a local folk festival. The use of foreign material for performances is therefore dis-allowed.
However, contestants may present extracts from a foreign piece where such extract is used as a means of critiquing the general preference for things foreign by people of the Caribbean region, Trinidad and Tobago included.
All gowns must be made of local material and handicraft. The gown must be designed by persons resident in the community or district.
The Queen must be able to sit and stand without assistance in the gown.
Multiple Queens are not allowed to have Gowns designed by the same person or company. If the gown designer is found not to be resident in the community, the Queen will be disqualified.
LA REINE RIVÉ FINALS:
Judges will view gowns backstage five (5) hours before the finals. For the first two (2) hours gowns will be judged for use of handicraft and local materials. The next two (2) hours, the gowns will be judged on the contestant for fit and suitability. Hairstyle and makeup will also be judged at this time.
Failure to have the gowns available for viewing at least five (5) hours before the show will result in disqualification.
The contestant making the highest aggregate of points will be declared and crowned Miss La Reine Rivé.
CATEGORY III: FOLK THEATRE & FOLK PRESENTATIONS
This category of the competition will be organized into two (2) sections. A village/group has a choice of any one of the following sections:
SectionI-FolkTheatreProductions(Adramatizedstory of the folk presented as a full-length piece of theatre with the music, dances and other elements of the Folk as outlined in the guidelines that follow)
Section II – Folk Presentations (Short presentations of Literature, Music and Dance with the authentic/creative use of local folk forms or themes).
Groups participating in Section I will only be allowed to participate in the following Section II categories:
- – Two (2) Music Chorale categories and
- – Four (4) Dance Categories inclusive of National Dance.All Individual Folk Presentation categories remain open.For all categories, one (1) average point will be deducted for every minute over or under the stipulated time-frame.Please note that, tutors will not be contracted for solo categories. With the exception of groups participating in Folk Theatre:
– Music tutors will not be contracted unless the participating group has registered for at least three (3) choral categories in music and,
– Dance Tutors will not be contracted unless the participating group has registered for at least three (3) categories in Dance, not including East Indian Devotional.
At any level of competition, performers (any person contributing on stage who is not the accompaniment) will not be allowed to participate with multiple groups. Groups found in violation of this stipulation will be penalized.
As stated previously, the first four (4) groups, in order of merit, will be automatically selected to perform for the Prime Minister’s Best Village Folk Arts Festival.
Folk Theatre Productions:
1. Each production must be presented for a minimum of seventy-five (75) minutes and a maximum of ninety (90) minutes.
2. The National Anthem is compulsory and must be rendered at the start of the production after which adjudication and timing begins. Timing stops when lights ‘black out’ and the curtain call begins.
3. In any production, the limited number of performers are minimum – thirty (30), maximum – seventy-five (75).
4. The Village/group must score sixty-five percent (65%) and over to qualify for the next round.
5. The top eight (8) groups will be selected to compete in the Finals and the group making the highest points will be adjudged winner of the Folk Theatre category.