The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and The Arts (via the Carifesta Secretariat) has engaged in another strategic partnership with the only cross Caribbean television network, TEMPO for coverage and global distribution of its engaging and entertaining coverage from Carifesta XIV.
TEMPO Founder, Chairman and CEO, Frederick Morton recently signed off on the partnership and was privileged to join Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly for an advance tour of the venue for the Carifesta “Festival Village” and “Grand Market” at the Queen’s Park Savannah.
Morton revealed that TEMPO has agreed to provide extensive coverage of the Carifesta XIV programme, including: all of the sights, sounds, events, highlights and of course, comments from industry stakeholders, suppliers, consumers, artisans, patrons and the general public in attendance. Morton said:
“We are super-excited to participate in this extraordinary celebration of our culture, CARIFESTA 2019, which is in perfect harmony with the TEMPO vision of uplifting our blessed region through the cultivation, promotion and preservation of our amazing talent and culture. The preparations have been world-class and it was a pleasure recently to tour the facilities with the Honorable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly – Member of Parliament and Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts – and to witness first-hand the preparations for what is destined to be a spectacular presentation, Trinbago Style!”
No stranger to our shores, Frederick Morton founded TEMPO Networks in 2005 and quickly established the regional entity as a leading media, entertainment and production company, capturing and sharing Caribbean lifestyles and culture worldwide. Now broadcasting throughout the Caribbean and the USA on cable to over 5 million viewers, TEMPO produces popular Caribbean content featuring the region’s travel and tourism highlights, as well as our music, cuisine, pop-culture, sports and Diaspora.
Minister Gadsby-Dolly welcomed the partnership with Morton and TEMPO as part of the ongoing efforts to make Carifesta XIV a grand showcase of the best of the region this month. She said:
“Mr. Morton must be commended for having had the vision, drive and the determination to create and successfully establish a regionally-accessible media enterprise dedicated to showcasing the best of the region. Fourteen years later, it is clear that the ideals of the Tempo network align perfectly with those of Carifesta XIV, so it is only prudent and timely that we form a strategic partnership to work together for the benefit of the festival – and by extension, the region.”
Morton also revealed that TEMPO is currently preparing to launch its own streaming platform – a development that will further enhance the reach and impact of this Caribbean-centered streaming platform by making it accessible online to a global audience – thereby increasing potential viewership by millions. Morton added that the channel will be stocked “with an exciting and ground-breaking slate of original and exclusively-curated programming and content for the very significant and varied worldwide demographic, who love and enjoy all things Caribbean”. He said:
“As TEMPO prepares to launch its streaming platform to the world in the coming months, we continue to act upon our now famous commitment to spotlight Caribbean festivals that move our talent and culture forward – all with the steadfast belief in one of CARIFESTA 2019’s promotional themes – that: we are at our best ‘when we come together’…”
The OCM Network is a proud Gold sponsor of Carifesta XIV and joined TEMPO and various media houses from around the country and the region for the grand Opening Ceremony of Carifesta XIV, which thrilled hundreds of regional visitors and local patrons on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the “Grand Market, Festival Village”, Queen’s Park Savannah from 6 – 10 pm.