Updated: Jul 19, 2020
Anna-Lena, but a lot of people just call me Leni.
International Student Advisor.
WHEN AND WHERE WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU TOOK PART IN CARNIVAL?
My first carnival was Berlin Carnival in 2004.
WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CARNIVAL EXPERIENCE AS A MASQUERADER?
There are so many experiences but if I have to choose one it is crossing the stage in Port of Spain this year (not knowing it would be the last one for a long time).
WHICH BAND DID YOU PLAY WITH?
I played with TRIBE (it was one of my biggest dreams that came true in 2020).
DESCRIBE YOUR COSTUME IF YOU CAN REMEMBER?
It was one of the most beautiful costumes I have ever had, perfect fit, amazing and flawless workmanship, the colours (white, silver, mint) looked really nice on me as I had a little tan by Carnival Tuesday.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CARNIVAL TUNE AT THAT TIME?
Kes x Iwer: Stage gone bad (and of course all the other Kes songs).
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF THIS DAY?
The energy and joy I felt throughout the day, the smiles, the laughs I shared with my friends. In the evening Bunji and Kes showed up on one of the TRIBE trucks and it is no secret that I do love Kes. When he spotted me in the crowd, he waved at me. At that moment I definitely was the happiest person alive and it was the icing on the cake.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WISHED YOU KNEW BEFORE TAKING PART?
No, it was simply a perfect day and as always I gave my all and celebrated until the end.
BETWEEN JOUVERT, MONDAY AND TUESDAY, WHAT IS YOUR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD BEST EXPERIENCES?
A very tough question...
1. Carnival Tuesday
3. Carnival Monday
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PARTY LEADING UP TO CARNIVAL AND WHERE DOES IT USUALLY TAKE PLACE?
Wow, you really want to challenge me, this is also a difficult decision. I'd say either Punchy Wednesday or Soaka Street Festival, both take place in Port of Spain.
BEFORE ALL OF THIS UNFORTUNATE COVID19 DRAMA STARTED, WHAT WAS YOUR INTENDED CARNIVAL AGENDA FOR 2020?
Ibiza, Berlin, Rotterdam, London, and Miami.
DO YOU HAVE ONE PARTICULAR CARNIVAL YOU’RE DREAMING TO ATTEND ONE DAY? St. Lucia, hopefully in 2021.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SCARED TO WEAR A COSTUME? Honestly speaking, it took me a while to find the courage to wear a costume, the first time I did was in 2014. But since then there is no turning back for me and I can only encourage everyone to play mas. Even though I have changed a lot physically in the last couple of years, I always felt comfortable in a costume and I had the time of my life on the road, no matter if I was big or fit. As far as I know, every mas band offers different costume options, so you can choose the one you feel most comfortable in. I also tried to talk to the designers in the past to find out if they could make some adjustments. Carnival means pure happiness and freedom, so don't worry what some people might think, it is about enjoying life and making unforgettable memories.
So, once Corona is done I'll see you all on the road!!
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