The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) says the patron experience at the recently canceled 22nd edition of the World Creole Music Festival, would have been hindered due to the Coronavirus.
In a press release issued Wednesday, the DFC stated that the WCMF, Dominica’s largest annual festival, has been canceled following thorough discussions with stakeholders.
On August 28th, Minister for Tourism Denise Charles officially announced Government’s decision to not host the event.
The Festival’s Committee says consideration of the financial situations of international sponsors and patrons, also fueled the decision to cancel the 22nd edition of what has served as an economic boost for Dominica in past years.
The DFC reports that in 2019, the festival saw 20,000 patrons through its doors. The Festival also accounts for approximately 10% of Dominica’s annual stay-over arrivals.
The Committee said canceling the important event was a “hard decision”, and thanked patrons and sponsors for their continued support.
The next World Creole Music Festival is carded for October 29, 30 and 31 next year.