Karukera assures stage in water will be safe, approvals given
The organisers of the Karukera One Love (KOL) festival is assuring patrons that there is a thorough inspection process for all their infrastructure.
In a press release sent to Loop, the organisers said their team consists of a specialised team of engineers who are mandated to commence building of the venue seven days in advance of the event.
They said subsequently, all necessary verifications and meticulous checks are done to ensure maximum safety for all and they are engaging specialists to ensure that the most environmentally-friendly engineering solutions are explored.
The KOL team was responding to media reports that the Urban Development Co Ltd (Udecott) ordered Jules Sobion of Caesar's Army to stop the construction of their stage in the water at Maracas Bay. Caesar's Army is working with KOL to stage the event in Trinidad.
Loop understands that there has been no official communication from Udecott about the stage and the organisers said they have acquired all necessary, documented permissions from the appropriate local state agencies and other stakeholder bodies in Trinidad and Tobago.
KOL received the green light from the Commissioners of Land, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Police and Fire Services, Ministry of Tourism and the San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation.
"We are an organisation that will always abide by all laws in the respective territories that we work," KOL said in the release.
KOL is an international company that promotes Caribbean culture and music throughout the French West Indies and Europe since 2017.
In collaboration with Caesar’s Army, the first edition of the internationally-acclaimed KOL festival in Trinidad and Tobago will be held on Carnival Friday, February 21 at Maracas Bay.
This KOL edition will be the first in the English Speaking Caribbean.
"The Karukera One Love (KOL) Team and its partners would like to reassure all patrons, stakeholders and the general public we are committed to executing and safety of this international festival. KOL will continue to work in close collaboration with all requisite agencies to ensure that all measures are considered in order to provide the safest and greatest experience for all patrons for our inaugural event in Trinidad and Tobago."