The private sector has come to the rescue of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and will be sponsoring a major Cavalcade.
This announcement was made today by the NCF, two weeks after authorities said the event was off due to budgetary constraints. Here’s the full text of the press release:
“Barbadians from across the island can look forward to one massive Cavalcade this year being held on Friday, May 30, 2014.
A number of service providers have joined long time sponsors LIME and Starcom Network Inc who have reinforced their commitment to this event in support of this treasured activity on the crop over calendar.
LIME has been sponsoring the Cavalcades from the inception (from its days as BarTel and Cable and Wireless), while Starcom Network Inc. through its station Hott 95.3 has been backing these events for the past four years.
Representatives of both entities have expressed their belief in the spirit of the Cavalcade and the sense of community that it embodies.
Following the cancellation of the cavalcades due to budget cuts, sponsorship has been bolstered by several technical providers who have come on board to make the event a reality, by waiving their fees, in a gesture of goodwill towards the success of this National Festival. These include, Quality Sound Inc. (Q.S.I), Ellco Rentals, Williams Equipment Rental Inc., S & R Rentals, J. C. Construction, S & G Electricals and G.K.Y Stage Lighting and Special Effects.
These providers will cover the cost of the sound system, tents, generators, electrical installation and lighting for the event. These are the kinds of partnerships that the NCF continues to seek, and have been sited by Minister of Culture, Sports & Youth the Hon. Stephen Lashley, as a way forward, towards the successful staging of the Festival.
The much anticipated Cavalcade, which will be massive in its line up, will take place in Queen’s Park, Bridgetown and will feature new acts as well as seasoned entertainers.
In addition to the Cavalcade, the Crop Over Season will lift off on Friday, May 23, 2014 with the annual Crop Over Preview, also sponsored by LIME and Starcom Network at Crop Over Central – the National Cultural Foundation’s car park.
It will be followed by the exciting Crop Over Crawl sponsored by CBC with support from Banks Holdings Ltd, on Saturday, May 24 featuring several popular artistes.
This new event will feature a bus tour with a music truck that will stop at various communities around the island where activities are taking place – from street fairs to fish fries to community cricket matches.” (Ends)