What is CarniCon?
Through a series of targeted lectures, plenary sessions, workshops, exhibitions, social events and thematic sessions; CarniCon will expose participants to the dynamism that is the global carnival landscape. For the first time, an event will bring together representatives from carnivals around the world such as Brazil, New Orleans, Canada, New York, Germany, Africa, the Caribbean and the extended ‘Trinbagonian’ diaspora; in one united front.
Our Workshops & Events
At the CarniCon Trade Village, learn economic best practices from both Carnival and business leaders, while building key business relationships, creating new opportunities and expanding your reach across the world. Pitch existing ideas, develop new ones, expand your clientele – with the direct and indirect movement of a vast range of goods and services, the possibilities for trade partnerships with global contemporaries are endless.
Carnivals around the world represent a fantastic way for visitors to not just enjoy the festival, but to discover and explore the host country.
With annual injections into many related industries, stand-out tourism marketing of Carnivals is integral to the development of key areas of tourism focus such as airlift, accommodation, foreign currency exchange and cultural education.
Hear from marketing experts and festival stakeholders around the world and convert simple interest to active participation and (repeat) attendance to your Carnival or Carnival-related event.
Technical & Events
From road management to stage design, and live event production, each Carnival represents a unique blend of complex technical elements.
Learn from the best in the industry around the world and take your Carnival and carnival event to the next level.
Legal & I.P.
How do we leverage the value of unique content and Intellectual Property and monetize the unique selling point that is Carnival?
Join the CarniCon legal team to answer these questions and many more that are critical elements to the business of Carnival.
The CarniCon Team
This groundbreaking initiative is being led by three innovators:
After many years of success with Island People, he later evolved his company’s business model to include the production of large-scale corporate award ceremonies, brand launches and motivational events for some of the world’s largest finance, energy, manufacturing and marketing companies. His clients also include prominent conglomerates, government agencies and educational institutions.
Equally passionate about education, Derrick has served on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (NIHERST), oversaw the institutional development and launch of COSTATT, and was the elected Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT). He has lectured at the Management Studies Department of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and at COSTATT. He is currently a faculty member of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and lectures in various courses under the Events Management and Marketing programmes.
As well as continuing to function as Commercial Director of the League, he is a Senior Consultant to both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and International Hockey Federation (FIH), advising on commercial rights strategy and sales.
James is also Director of Mutton Chop Media, a development partner of Conde Nast Entertainment, and divides his time between India and the Caribbean.
He attended Trinidad Carnival in 2017 and somewhere along the road, sun setting in the west, the idea for Carnicon was formed.
Dean is the founder of Ultimate Events and Bandleader of TRIBE Carnival.
For over 14 years TRIBE Carnival has successfully produced one of the largest and most successful all inclusive carnival bands in the Trinidad Carnival.
Since inception, their mission has been to deliver the quintessential masquerader experience and they are widely considered pioneers in the business of producing carnival mas bands.
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