The event which is carded for the 28th to the 30th of October, 2011 at the Windsor Park Stadium is said to be on schedule and ready to go.
At the first press conference this morning held at the Calypso House in Bath Estate, Events Director of the DFC Mrs Natalie Clarke-Meade noted that there is a heightened awareness for this year’s festival which is reflected in the ticket sales so far.
“We have been making waves thanks to Digicel; the bigger better network partnering with us strongly this year with the Friday Dwives every Friday, I know that people have sat up and have taken notice of what we have been doing this year because of the ticket sales which have doubled to date. Last year 2010 at this time we have doubled our ticket sales this year at this time.”
She also described the festival as one which has drawn regional and international artists to Dominica while also creating a platform for creole cultures.
“The World Creole Music Festival has sought to create a platform where creole cultures and international artists perform in the exotic and secure ambiance of Dominica’s eco-friendly and nature island destination. It has drawn an international, regional audience to her shores and it has created a high end event for not just local people but people internationally,” she said.
Mrs Clarke-Meade also highlighted her vision for the festival is to see it maximize the enormous potential it possesses.
“It is my vision and my dream along with the officials of the Dominica Festivals Office and the Dominica Festival Board to take this product to a different place within the next fifteen years. We’ve had fifteen great years but it is time for it to go somewhere else and this is my dream as the Events Director of this product in particular which has such huge potential for the island to see that it goes there.”
She also noted that the ‘private sector and corporate partnership must become a critical component in making this niche event sustainable.’Meantime Deputy Chairman of the Dominica Festivals Committee Mr Sobers Esprit told this morning’s press conference that there are good signs indicating the readiness of the DFC for the staging of the festival.
“I think there are good signs; the fact that the weather system came and gone, I think that is a good sign and we are going to have good weather on the 28th, 29th and 30th so I think that we are ready, we are there. Another great thing this year is that we have had early preparations, we’ve been at it from early, we’ve had very good feedback from the Dominican public and that is indicative of the fact that at this stage we have doubled our ticket sales.”
Manager of Digicel Dominica, the platinum sponsor for the seventh consecutive year of the World Creole Music Festival noted that his company has invested over three million dollars into the festival and have lived up to their tagline ‘expect more, get more’.
“From 2005 to 2011, Digicel has now invested over three million dollars in the World Creole Music Festival plus another million dollars in kind and activation of our sponsorship. When we launched, we launched with the tagline ‘expect more, get more’ and indeed Dominicans got more through major sponsorships like World Creole Music Festival and the recently launched Jazz Walk held at the Cabrits in the month of May. We also support other activities like ‘Dive Fest, numerous village feasts and of course the success story of the last three years, international cricket at the Windsor Park Stadium,” he said.
International stars such as Beenie Man, Machal Montano, Wyclef Jean, Elephant Man, Jah Cure, Morgan Heritage, Sakis, Carimi and Kassav have all graced the stage during the fifteen years of the festival’s existence.
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