- Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition
Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition
2017 Schedule of Events
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
- All items must be traditional
- Dance presentations must comprise a minimum of six (6) persons.
- A specific time limit of four (4) minutes per item (except in the ole mas where bands have been allotted eight (8) minutes to make presentation. One average point per minute of fraction thereof will be deducted for overtime.
- Lewd, vulgar movements and lyrics will not be accepted.
- Any performance breaching the above rules will be stopped and could result in possible disqualification.
- Chutney Soca Dances must be restricted to local chutney music only.
- A group will be disqualified if anyone of its members is identified as having performed with another group in either Preliminaries or Finals in Traditions of Carnival.
- The Judges’ decision is final.
Parade of Teams
- Teams must be assembled at 10:15 a.m. sharp. Points will be deducted for late arrivals. One (1) point for every minute late will be deducted from the team’s total average points.
- ONLY local music is allowed to accompany the team’s presentation. NO FOREIGN MUSIC. Five (5) points will be deducted from the team’s total average points for use of foreign music. The Organisers will not be responsible for any malfunctioning of a CD used during the team’s display presentation. All teams are required to have their music checked by the Sound Engineer at the venue before 10:15 a.m.
- Each team will be allowed four (4) minutes for cultural display and “salute (eyes right)”. The timing begins at the commencement of the “Display” and ends as the ‘last’ member of the team passes the saluting base.
- The distance for a group’s presentation of display will be 55 metres for marching and 55 metres for display. A band and sound system will be available. The band is compulsory for the “Marching” segment of the Parade.
Parade of Teams – Point System:
- Punctuality 10 points
- Uniformity 15 points
- Impact 15 points
- Display 30 points
- Marching 30 points
Five (5) points will be deducted per minute or fraction of a minute for teams exceeding the four (4) minutes for their display.