A new Executive Director for the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) will be appointed in 2016, Product Promotions Manager of the Discover Dominica Authority, Kathleen Cuffy-Jno. Jules has announced.
The DFC has been without an Executive Director since the departure of Natalie Clarke in 2014.
At a Carnival press conference after Clarke’s departure media was told that an Executive Director would be appointed to coordinate Carnival activities however the process has been delayed.
In fact, Cuffy-Jno Jules said a the first press conference of ‘The Real Mas’ 2016 held at the DFC office on Wednesday that the reason for the delay is due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika which affected the island on August 27.
“I think in my mind, based on discussions at management level this is a process that has taken place in the past with the Ministry of Tourism as well as Discover Dominica Authority and DFC, so as we all can imagine, most of our time resources have been spent in rebuilding Dominica Post Tropical Storm Erika,” she stated. “The process has not stopped, it’s continuing and we should have an Executive Director in effect at least before the next World Creole Music Festival 2016.”
Meantime she said Carnival is fast approaching and everything is being done to ensure that, “we all have a great, safe and a fun-filled Carnival 2016.”
“This here sends a message that the pace has been set for this grand event and all other exciting activities which will form part of Mas Domnik 2016,” Cuffy-Jno Jules stated. “We have a very packed calendar of events.”
The DFC invites companies and institutions to come on board to sponsor Carnival 2016.
The headline sponsor of Carnival 2016 is telecommunication giant, FLOW.
The theme for this year’s celebration is: “The Spirit of the Real Mas.”
The official opening for the carnival is January 16, 2016.