The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Labour Party an­nounced in a press state­ment this week that it is alarmed at state­ments made by Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Cul­ture, Hon For­tuna Bel­rose, in­di­cat­ing that artistes from Saint Lu­cia want­ing to par­tic­i­pate in CARIFESTA in Bar­ba­dos in Au­gust will not be fully fi­nanced by gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment: “The SLP notes that when in gov­ern­ment, it ap­pre­ci­ated the value of the arts to Saint Lu­cia and the hard work and com­mit­ment of the artistes and there­fore funded the total cost of Saint Lu­cia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in CARIFESTA.”

Said SLP’s spokesman for cul­ture, Hon Jerome Gedeon, “We be­lieve that the gov­ern­ment does not have its pri­or­i­ties right. No ef­fort should be spared to en­cour­age our artistes to ex­cel and dis­play their tal­ents to the world. Gov­ern­ment should re­con­sider how it uses tax­pay­ers’ money and stop the un­nec­es­sary spend­ing like the ex­ces­sive trav­el­ling of gov­ern­ment min­is­ters. I am call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to sup­port and fund the cost of the CARIFESTA con­tin­gent, as was done by the SLP gov­ern­ment.”

Sen Gedeon added, "When one con­sid­ers the treat­ment of the Na­tional Trust, the clos­ing of the Wal­cott House and the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the Cul­tural Com­plex, we can in­fer that the UWP gov­ern­ment has scant re­gard for the arts and her­itage of Saint Lu­cia.”

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