Sunday 8 December, 2019

Pure Grenada Music Festival cancelled for 2019

Bajan soca queen Alison Hinds was among the performers at the 2018 Pure Grenada Music Festival.

Bajan soca queen Alison Hinds was among the performers at the 2018 Pure Grenada Music Festival.

After a bumper year in 2018, the Pure Grenada Music Festival has been cancelled for 2019.

Dieter Burkhalter, Chairman of the Pure Grenada Music Festival, announced the cancellation of the Festival in October.

He cited the financial burden of staging the festival and urged more private and public support to bring the event back.

The event was due to be held in May

"The PGMF team enjoyed and appreciated the amazing responses from organizers, volunteers and patrons alike to PGMF 2016, 2017 and 2018 and were excited about the possibilities for PGMF 2019. However, the Pure Grenada Music Festival has been a great financial responsibility and expense that Mr. Burkhalter has undertaken for the past three years, although he’s been happy to do what he can to ensure the success of this event.

"This he states has been his commitment to ensure the success of an event he has always truly believed in, inclusive of the many opportunities that it could bring to the people of Grenada, he would be unable to shoulder the financial risk a fourth time. An event like this one can only be sustainable with a collaboration between the private and public sectors," a statement on the Festival's site said. 

The statement said Burkhalter and his team have been putting forward a great effort to overcome these obstacles, but with just seven months left before the next scheduled festival, he must make the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel next year’s event.

The three-day PGMF was started three years ago with a mandate to create viable avenues for artistic expression and development of musicians in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Over 100 Grenadian musicians, band members included were provided with the coveted opportunity to make their mark in the music industry.

The event also included workshops designed to enhance the skills of Grenadian artists. 

In 2018, the committee reported increased ticket sales as well as visitors to the island for the event. 

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