Five months until the World Creole Music Festival and the Discover Dominica Authority says it continues to plan despite the uncertainties stemming from the global coronavirus outbreak.
All over the world, events great and small have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely.
There has been no word so far on the World Creole Music Festival which is the highlight of the Independence calendar in Dominica.
The event, last year saw a record number of patrons exceeding 17,000 fêters converge on the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
Unfortunately, the new normal, thanks to Covid19, does not include large gatherings and close contact.
Asked what that means for the independence event, Marva Williams, Events Manager at the Discover Dominica Authority said planning is ongoing amidst the uncertainty while the focus remains on safety.
She did say that the planning could include tweaking the festival’s model to assure patrons of their safety.
“For us to be able to move forward, we have to be prepared health-wise. We have to revamp our strategies., How will we make people feel safe coming to Dominica? What procedures are we going to put in place to promote health and safety that will tell people that Dominica is ready?”
Williams emphasised that she cannot deny or confirm “Whether or not the WCMF is taking place but I can tell you that the priority now is the health and safety of the nation and once we can lock that down, we’ll see what happens…”
The Events Manager, who was lauded last year for a phenomenal WCMF event told Jael Joseph on the Woman 2 Woman talk show on Vibes Radio that “For now, the priority of officials is the health of individuals. We haven’t really stopped working. We have still continued the process without investing monies that we may potentially lose.”
Williams says the DDA has been monitoring the regional and international environment and she cited several cancelled and postponed events on the regional calendar.
Some, she says have been moved to the weekend traditionally scheduled for the WCMF.