RCI St. Lucia
posted on August 19, 2014 08:57
Several members of the Saint Lucia Carnival Bands Association are reflecting seriously on another year of financial losses, and are deeply concerned about the viability of several member bands and their sustainable participation in future carnivals.
The disclosure comes after members have confirmed the general consensus regarding the lackluster 2014 Carnival season at the first meeting of the Association since the close of carnival on August 9th.
CBA President Sonia Sifflet says members agreed that the festival lacked the necessary cohesion and consistency that had been building over previous years and articulated their disappointment in the production and management structure in effect for the 2014 festival.
Ms Sifflet lamented that this year’s festival was produced and managed by the Carnival Planning and Management Agency (CPMA), does not provide for representation by any of the major stakeholders, particularly the associations of steel bands, calypso tents and mas’ bands. As such, she says the Association feels that many years of knowledge and experience in producing and managing the Saint Lucia carnival has been discarded.
The Lucia Carnival Band’s Association plans to engage the CPMA and the Ministry of Creative Industries, to table the issue of adequate representation, and what it feels are other important production issues hindering the enhancement of Saint Lucia’s carnival product.