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Zomercarnaval Rotterdam implements budget cuts while Awókey Mas expands collaborations

At the evaluation meeting of Zomercarnaval Rotterdam last Sunday, we were disappointed to learn that the Zomercarnaval foundation is taking drastic measures due to a negative ending spending budget of 150 000. Some of the measures to be implanted include a shortening of the parade route, elimination of compensation for DJ’s, artists & music bands and an increase of the registration fee. Learning about these new measures made it clear that next years we're going to have to work even harder to deliver a successful masband participation.

Awókey Mas’ original intent was to start with a T-Shirt Mas Band back in 2018. However, due to changes in the rules and regulations based on complaints from the sponsors of Zomercarnaval Rotterdam, Awókey Mas was forced to postpone their participation. Even though back then we were disappointed to learn about this new measure, gladfully this didn't stop us, but instead challenged us to dig deeper into our creativity work ethic. Fast forward to 2019 and we’re proud to report a successful participation with 29 freedom liming masqueraders. Thanks to DSL member Kelly Campbell we were able showcase a beautiful theme representation this summer of “The Revelation of Angels and Jab Jab”.

In an effort to continue to improve on our Caribbean carnival experience, especially after learning about these new measures, we decided the extent our partnership even more and teamed up with Mac Elton Mingeel from Macelton Fashion Design for next year. Mingeel is a fashion designer known for winning “best Ball Gown Designer” in the Miss Avantgarde Election in Amsterdam back in 2015. With an eye for bohemian chic Mac gets his inspiration from all things that has do with nature.

We’re super excited to announce our new partner mas and are looking forward to announce our theme for 35th edition of Rotterdam Zomercarnaval at the start of the carnival season on November 11th!

Keep an eye out on our website at awokey.com/carnival and follow us on social media @AwokeyMas.

My Awókey