POST TROP­I­CAL STORM ERIKA: DO­MINICA CAN­CELS WORLD CRE­OLE MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL; NA­TURE IS­LAND’S PRI­VATE SEC­TOR TO STAGE RE­LIEF CON­CERTS IN ITS PLACE

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Cit­ing the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of Trop­i­cal Storm Erika and the need to re-build, the Gov­ern­ment of Do­minica has can­celled its an­nual World Cre­ole Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. How­ever, mem­bers of the is­land’s pri­vate sec­tor were quick to act and an­nounce that they will lead ef­forts to stage a se­ries of re­lief con­certs in its place. The con­certs are planned for the same dates, from Oc­to­ber 30th to Novem­ber 1st, 2015, and will sup­port Do­minica’s re­con­struc­tion ef­forts by at­tempt­ing to en­able some eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity af­ter parts of the coun­try were ad­versely af­fected by Trop­i­cal Storm Erika.

“The gov­ern­ment of Do­minica must repri­or­i­tize fol­low­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Erika,” said the Hon­or­able Robert Tonge, Min­is­ter for Tourism and Ur­ban Re­newal. “We must fo­cus on re­build­ing com­mu­ni­ties and in­fra­struc­ture, and pro­vid­ing hous­ing for those who were dis­placed. We are grate­ful to the pri­vate sec­tor for step­ping in to en­sure that Do­minica’s strong mu­sic her­itage will con­tinue and bring ad­di­tional re­lief ef­forts to the Na­ture Is­land.”

Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary es­ti­mates, re­cov­ery costs for Do­minica have al­ready topped at XCD $600 mil­lion (USD $220 mil­lion).

The an­nual World Cre­ole Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is part of Do­minica’s In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions and typ­i­cally jump­starts eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity that pre­cedes the busy Christ­mas and Car­ni­val sea­sons. While the tone this year will be less revelry, the se­ries of re­lief con­certs will aid eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in the is­land and en­able a sense of em­pow­er­ment among the cit­i­zens.

“For the past 18 years, World Cre­ole Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has cel­e­brated Do­minica’s strong mu­si­cal roots,” noted Colin Piper, di­rec­tor of tourism. “This year’s event will be dif­fer­ent than the fes­ti­val that we know, but it will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to use mu­sic as part of the heal­ing process. It will truly cap­ture the essence of Do­minica and the strong will of Do­mini­cans.”

Do­minica’s pri­vate sec­tor will pro­vide more de­tails on the plans and per­form­ers for the re­lief con­certs as they be­come avail­able.

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