PRESS RELEASE – Following recommendations made, discussed and agreed upon by all major stakeholders in the carnival community, a decision was taken by the Chairman of Carnival Planning and Management Agency (CPMA) to forgo the opening of Carnival, slated at the time for June 1, 2014.
That decision was based on the limited availability of funding for Carnival 2014 and the need to concentrate on the most essential components of the 2014 carnival program.
The St. Lucia Carnival Bands Association was not advised of any change to agreement, and only became aware of a reversal of the decision by way of a public announcement last week Saturday.
At a general meeting of the Association held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, the official opening of carnival was substantially discussed and all members present and represented confirmed that they were unable to participate in the said event re-scheduled to Sunday, June 15, 2014.
This decision is attributable to the lack of timely notice, the high cost of mobilisation, especially for smaller bands, and the severe funding constraints facing most member bands at this time.
The Association’s inability to participate in the opening was duly communicated in writing to the Carnival Planning and Management Agency (CPMA) in correspondence dated June 10, 2014 – fully five days before the event.
The matter of participation was re-opened for further discussion at the Association’s meeting of June 14, 2014, at which an identical conclusion was reached.
The St. Lucia Carnival Bands Association has therefore conducted itself in a reasonable and responsible manner in all its dealings with CPMA and continues to hope for a climate of mutual understanding, cooperation and respect, as required for the successful planning and implementation of St. Lucia Carnival – the island’s primary cultural showcase.