The 2018 edition of the Dominica Festival of the Arts (DOMFESTA) 2018 has been hailed a success despite challenges the Cultural Division faced following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
In an interview with Vibes News on Tuesday 5 June 2018, Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence said all the DOMFESTA events hosted were carried out effectively.
“I would certainly describe DOMFESTA 2018 as a major success. All the events went very well,” Mr Lawrence said.
The Division hosted eight events for DOMFESTA and according to Mr. Lawrence, the support from the general public “was very, very good and encouraging”, the support from the private sector and government as well as the artistes and performers.
“And we thank God, without whom this would have not have been possible. But all in all I would describe DOMFESTA 2018 as being a resounding success,” Mr. Lawrence stated.
Although the level of participation in DOMFESTA was one of the Cultural Division’s biggest challenges, he said the decision was to continue the festival.
“We were kind of moving forward without knowing whether people will participate, or without knowing whether we’ll get the kind of support from the private sector or the general public that we need,” Mr. Lawrence informed.
He noted however that the Cultural Division is of the view that the arts and culture has a “very important role” to play in the island’s rebuilding and recovery and in the revitalizing of the culture after the culture and as such continued with the festival.
“So in spite of the challenges we felt that we just had to go on with DOMFESTA this year, in order to help build community, bring people together, strengthen people’s spirits, lift their spirits, and to help people promote our culture and our heritage,” he explained.
Mr. Lawrence added that they were able to overcome the challenges, and with the support of the public, host a festival of quality.
“The participation was there, the quality of the shows were of a high standard we would like to believe, and the people gave their support, and the feedback and the response we got was very encouraging from the general public,” Mr. Lawrence added.