The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) is seeking to improve the performance lineup for the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) scheduled for later this year.
“Well are continuing to try to improve on the artist line up, most of the artistes from last year have indicated their willingness to come back this year,” Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority, Colin Piper said on Wednesday 30 May 2018.
“We now have to determine which of those that we are going to take up on that offer and put the final lineup together, but we do intend to improve on what was already a spectacular line up for last year with artist that continue to be relevant to this year,” Piper added.
He provided that update on preparation plans for the festival during a post Hurricane Maria tourism update organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The twentieth edition of the festival was cancelled last year following the devastating hit the country suffered due to Hurricane Maria.
Government had approved 1.7 million dollars towards the staging of the festival, the artiste line-up had already been revealed and tickets were on sale when Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
The line-up of artistes, bands and performers announced for the 2017 festival were; Breve, Klass, Movado, First Serenade Band, Yemi Alade, and Triple Kay International on night one.
The second night of the festival would have featured Machel Montano, Etana, Romain Virgo, Asa Bantan, Zouk All Stars, Jean-Marc Ferdinand, Orlane/Franky Vincent, and Stephane Ravor while Mizik A Nou All Stars, Kalash, Swinging Stars with Calypsonians, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, and Sweet Micky would climax the event.
The second update that Mr. Piper provided was regarding increased accommodation as the Ross University School of Medicine moved out of Dominica temporarily due to the hurricane’s impact on the island.
As a result of the school’s decision to move, Mr. Piper said there are now over one thousand five hundred (1500) apartments that serviced the students, which are now be free and clear.
“So while we have had a reduction in the hotel stock, we now have the availability of the apartments which were previously used for students, available for artistes and people coming into Dominica,” Mr. Piper explained.
Accordingly, the DDA’s World Creole Music Festival promotions for 2018 will indicate that persons should not have any reservation about coming to Dominica because there will be adequate accommodation.
“It will be in the Portsmouth area which will be a forty minutes’ drive to the venue, and we will put in place some shuttle services so we can make the experience as seamless as possible,” Mr. Piper added.
As such, DDA will explore various options to ensure that patrons and visitors can come down to the Capital City for the festival “by different means”.
“Certainly plans are under way for staging the World Creole Music Festival and patrons should be encouraged to save the dates and looking to travel,” Mr. Piper said.
The World Creole Music Festival, which was inaugurated in 1997, celebrates French-Caribbean genres including Dominica’s indigenous cadence-lypso and bouyon, Zouk from neighboring Guadeloupe and Martinique and Haitian Kompa.
It is usually hosted on the final weekend in October at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau.