It appears this year Dominica’s signature event, the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF), may be hosted on a very tight budget.
At a press conference last week, Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), Colin Piper, spoke of ‘limited resources’ and the prudent use of the budget.
“In terms of the budget, we are living in an environment where there are limited resources and we have been given the same budget from last year and what we have tried to do is be a little more judicious in terms of how we assign and allocate that budget,” he explained.
He noted that there are certain expenses which gobble up a huge chunk of the budget allocated to the WCMF.
“You have venue preparation, you have travel, you have accommodation and you have performance fees and so you can take from one to add to the other,” Piper stated. “The first thing that we must deal with is the bands and their performances because we know the artistes make the festival, so we are working with what we have been given.”
Piper said after the festival is over, the DDA will present a report in terms of revenue expenditure.
Last week the official media launch of the festival was postponed with officials saying they were being prudent by dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.
The 2015 edition of the WCMF runs from October 30 to November 1.