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Crop Over, NIFCA cancelled

The Crop Over Festival and the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) have been cancelled as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to a statement from Government, Cabinet has approved a recommendation by the Ministry of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports to cancel this year’s Crop Over Festival and NIFCA.

“This decision was made in light of ongoing global efforts to contain and manage the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Government’s negative short term projections for the local economy, regional and international travel and trade, and weakened public confidence in attending mass gatherings in the current environment, and immediately thereafter,” the statement noted.

Cabinet has further agreed that the Ministry, through the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), would replace the two major festivals with a national training programme in schools and communities, and a wide-reaching campaign to both fund and produce radio, television and digital content, which would be accessible across multiple delivery channels, including the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.

In addition, the statement said the NCF will shortly convene a series of stakeholder consultations to discuss ways in which cultural practitioners could participate in, and benefit from, the programmes identified as replacements for Crop Over and NIFCA. (BGIS)

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