Patrons of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) who want the option of utilizing the ease of online ticket purchasing for the event, can now do so.
This is the first time this is being done in the 18-year history of the festival.
Speaking at the 4th press conference for the WCMF on Tuesday, Dominica Festival’s Committee’s Event Assistant, Marva Williams, said the online store has been requested by patrons.
Those interested can purchase tickets at http://ddatickets.com in United States (US) currency only at $ 48.00 per night and $ 125.00 for the three nights.
“We are proud to announce our online store for the World Creole Music Festival for this year and the years to come,” Williams said. “We realize in years gone by that this is one of the things that people will call and ask about.”
She explained that it has been difficult in the past for patrons from England and North America, or even the neighboring islands, to obtain tickets.
“So we decided to go ahead with our online store this year,” she stated.
Meanwhile, in light of the dreaded Ebola virus outbreak in some countries of West Africa and with at least one Nigerian and four acts from Congo coming to Dominica for the WCMF, organizers are planning ahead on how they are going to deal with the issue.
“We have actually started meetings with our stakeholders from health, safety and security and that is one of the things that came up,” Williams said. “We have had about three meetings in that regard.”
She stated that the Environmental Health Department confirmed that procedures are being put in place to deal with the matter and information will be given out as the festival draws closer.
“So we can alert the public in terms of measures and where we are at when we get there,” Williams explained.
Nigerian act “Flavor” and other Soukous acts from Congo such as “Lokassa y Bongo, Dally Kimo, Ballou Canta and Yolanda Sisters” are scheduled to be performing acts in this year’s festival.
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The virus is highly infectious and is spread by person-to-person transmission through direct contact with bodily fluids or secretions of infected persons including blood, sweat, urine or faeces.
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