The International Artiste Night show will not be staged this carnival season due to financial limitations.
Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) Events Director Val Cuffy said too much expenses are incurred to organize that event.
“Due to financial limitation, it costs a lot to have foreign artistes on island during that period of time,” he stated.
The first International Artiste Night was held in 2008 with Jamaican dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas as the headline act. In 2009, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall was the featured performance.
The Soca Monarch, which was formerly a joint event with the International Artiste Night will also not form part of The Real Mas 2010 programme. That event was moved to May 23, according to Cuffy.
“We have taken a decision to move it out of the programme because the Trinidad people who are working with Daddy Chess have expressed the fact that they’d like to give us some sort of technical support towards having a very successful event,” Cuffy explained.
Daddy Chess has been a participant of the Trinidad Soca Monarch Show for the past two years.
Cuffy encouraged the public to give tremendous support to the Bouyon Festival slated for February 6.
“As you’re quite aware the financial resources are not as deep as Donald Trump’s Miss Universe, but we do our best we can with what we have. Our local bands will be headlining this event at the Pottersville Savannah which is the venue for Dominica’s Carnival.
“We look forward to tremendous performances by all of them and Rhythm and Heats is a new band that’s out with Rah, we look forward to that aspect of that activity in terms of ensuring he can come back into the music scene with the WCKs of this world, the Triple Ks, the Kross Vibes will also form part of that activity,” the carnival organizer revealed.
A Big Truck Jam on February 14 will also feature various Dominican bands. Cuffy said some of these bands will perform on stage leading up to J’ouvert and others will perform on their trucks for J’ouvert in the city.