The government of Saint Lucia has challenged organisers of the local contingent of artistes who will participate in the Caribbean Arts Festival (CARIFESTA) to change the manner in which they prepare for the event and request assistance.
CARIFESTA XIII is a multi-disciplinary art festival held in various Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries every two years. It has been scheduled for August 17-27, 2017 in Barbados.
Minister of Culture and Local Government Fortuna Belrose said government will only be meeting half of the cost of sending St. Lucian representatives to the event.
Speaking to the media, Belrose challenged coordinators and organisers of the local CARIFESTA contingent to rethink the way the approach the event.
“I believe that the whole structure of the CARIFESTA arrangements need to change. Saint Lucia needs to know what it is that we are going to showcase at CARIFESTA, and so to my mind, preparing for CARIFESTA means a year or two before CARIFESTA, we actually know what we are doing, and we actually prepare our society for the production that is St. Lucian, and that is going to be represented at CARIFESTA; and so I challenge them in that way,” she said.
The culture minister believes that more artistes need to be given the opportunity to showcase their talent at the event.
“So if we are going to CARIFESTA in 2019, because its every two years, we need to begin to prepare from now. We need every nook and cranny of the country to be involved and see exactly what it is. We need to give more St Lucians the opportunity to showcase their talent so we know what we are selecting to go out. It cannot be that four months before an event you submit a huge budget and we have no idea what that production is. I rest my case,” she told reporters.