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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 21, 2014
T&T Guardian Entertainment Edi-
tor Peter Ray Blood, himself an old
boy of Queen s Royal College (QRC),
speaks with members of the QRC 2014
Fete Royal committee: Kenrick Har-
rinauth, president of the Queens Royal
College Old Boys Association (OBA),
and chairman of the QRC 2014 Fete
Royal Committee, and David Simon,
principal of Queen s Royal College.
Blood has attended each of the pre-
viously held Outta de Blue Carnival
all-inclusives, staged by the QRC Foun-
dation, and has seen the event evolve
to the creme de la creme fund-raiser
it is today. Amongst the innovations in
2014 are the shifting of the main stage
to the southern end of the venue, high-
tech social media facilitation and beauty
stations for female patrons.
PRB: Let us get right into our dis-
cussion. Last year there was no Outta
de Blue. Why was this?
DS: The former committee the QRC
Foundation, in discussion with the OBA
and QRC PTA, took that decision based
on the short season and the challenges
of the previous year, 2012, such as
dwindling numbers and other reasons
to stop hosting the event.
PRB: So how did the QRC 2014 Fete
Royale come about?
KH: Both the OBA and the PTA
recognised that without the QRC all-
inclusive, a number of the school s
needs would not be met. As such, we
decided to pick up the mantle to raise
the funds necessary to meet some of
those needs and also to assist others.
PRB: What are these needs?
KH: Well, in discussion with Mr
Simon, we recognised that the college
was in dire need of a proper computer
lab. The last major donation to the
computer lab was made by the OBA
over 15 years ago. In addition, the college
also requires a more modern Science
lab.PRB: Now that the old boys and the
PTA have taken over, how will this event
be different? You know that this was
considered as the "elderly" party in the
KH: True, but what has happened,
with the formation of the new com-
mittee comprising OBA management
members, members of the PTA, mem-
bers of the college administration,
including Mr Simon, himself an old
boy, and some of our younger old boys,
the event has taken a new look and
DS: Since I identified the need for
the computer-lab upgrade, I was very
happy to see the OBA and PTA rallying
to the cause. In addition, the college,
recognising that there are other insti-
tutions in need, we will share the pro-
ceeds of the event by contributing to
the Grande Riviere Anglican Primary
School Library, and Rainbow Rescue.
KH: What s different, Peter, is a total-
ly new approach to the fete. We had
fresh new ideas, as two major weakness
were identified: music and food. Hence
the wide variety of the menu, and the
performing bands that we have chosen,
the décor will wow our patrons, as
we transform Outta de Blue and into
the new Fete Royale.
We have hired some of the best
artistes to perform. Asylum Vikings
with Bunji and Fay-Ann, Kes the Band
and Dil-e-Nadan are three top bands
in the country and with an appeal for
the young and not so young. We also
hired Jus Jase, an old boy, and DJ Franco.
PRB: That s really a change from the
KH: Yes, it is, and we did not stop
there. We listened to the partygoers
and they told us we needed to make
We also took a new approach and
we have redesigned the party space.
We placed the stage on the southern
end of the grounds to allow easier view-
ing and more space to party for the
patrons. We will have elevated platforms
that allows patrons to be at eye level
with the stage, we will transformed the
space with attractive decoration, lights,
furniture and fixtures.
It s a new QRC Fete Royale. It s going
to be an exciting event.
KH: In addition, we are having two
large screens for onsite viewing and
messaging, and free wifi. This means
that our patrons will be able to com-
municate easily. They can BBM, What-
sApp, Twitter and Instagram all during
PRB: All of this and we haven t yet
spoken about any of the food and
DS: Again, we have redone the entire
menu by attracting new suppliers and
offering an even wider menu. We are
having authentic Indian cuisine, our
local Indian cuisine. We will have Chi-
nese, Mexican, Italian, Arabic and Thai
dishes, as well as bake and shark, geera
pork, fish and chips, corn soup, doubles,
a Rampanalgas fish broth...and just
when you think it s over, we are having
suckling roast pig.
KH: We have a few surprises for the
ladies as well. We hired a number of
hairdressers and makeup artistes to
provide touch-ups in the ladies lounge.
PRB: That s a lot of food and a great
variety too. Same for the drinks?
KH: As you enter the venue, you will
be greeted by a number of brand
ambassadors offering a variety of wel-
come drinks while being entertained
by the QRC steelpan ensemble.
Our major suppliers have arranged
a number of surprises for our patrons.
I can t give it all away at this time but
let s just say they will be pleasantly
surprised. We have arranged an inter-
esting and thrilling experience for our
patrons. All of the premium brands will
be there, including many drinks for the
PRB: It seems that QRC has really
transformed itself on its return to the
DS: Yes, we have, and that s why
we are appealing to our past support-
ers and new supporters to come and
have a new and exciting experience.
We want our patrons to have a great
time, enjoy their drinks, the great
music and the variety of foods and
go home feeling satisfied. We want
to exceed their expectations.
PRB: All bases seem to be cov-
ered? Are you all considering an
"arrive alive" awareness at this
event, ensuring that your patrons
do not overdo their imbibement of
KH: There sure is. We have also
arranged a Sober Zone and Sober
Lounge. These areas will contain
teas and coffees, soups and lots of
water to help the patron who may
have gone over the limit to relax
and ensure that they will reach
home safely. We are supported by
Arrive Alive, who will be on site
advising and assisting in this area.
KH: Let me take this opportunity
to thank our major sponsors---Carib,
Angostura, Brydens, Hadco and Blue
Waters and the many other sup-
pliers who have all come together
to partner with us to provide this
exhilarating experience for our
QRC transforms Outta de Blue
Kees Dieffenthaller and
his band Kes the band,
will be one of the headline
acts for QRC's fete.
KES THE BAND
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