Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Karukera One Love festival still on, stage moved to shore

The Karukera One Love is still on.

The event organisers said in a release the event remains at Maracas Bay on Carnival Friday from 1 pm to 9 pm.

However, the controversial stage in the sea will be replaced with one onshore.

"Following the latest developments, Karukera One Love and local authorities found a compromise by offering the Karukera One Love experience with the stage moved to the shoreline," the organisers said.

Karukera One Love is an international company that promotes Caribbean culture and music throughout the French West Indies and Europe since 2017.

The festival in Trinidad is carded to be the first in the English-speaking Caribbean but has drawn criticism from citizens for the stage which was being constructed in the sea.

Despite assurances of safety from the organisers who said they got all relevant approvals, the Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat ordered a halt to the construction.

“Having requested from the Commissioner of State Lands a report on the construction of a Carnival fete stage on the Maracas seabed, I have instructed the Commissioner in writing that no such construction should be permitted and any support given to the construction must be rescinded," he wrote on Facebook.

The basis of my instruction was stated and this follows my oral instruction to that effect on January 30, 2020 when I heard informally of the plans of the event promoter.”

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