The producers of Cohobblopot have pulled out but the show will go on as scheduled.
This assurance this evening from Cranston Browne, chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation who said that Plan B would now be implemented after Premier Event Services Inc. announced today, by way of a press release, that they had withdrawn from this year’s event as a result of financial challenges.
However, Browne told the media that NCF was fully aware of its responsibility to successfully execute the festival, of which Cohobblopot is an important aspect.
He said the NCF would collaborate with sponsors to host the event.
Browne said the Foundation will issue a statement next week highlighting changes to the event, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 3 at the Kensington Oval, St Michael.
The release from Premier Event Services Inc said the company had made every effort to bring the much loved Cohobblopot to the public for 2014. However, it said they were faced with a number challenges, relating to production costs and sponsorship, which triggered the withdrawal.
“Over the past few weeks we have been working diligently to reduce production costs and secure sponsorship. However, we were unsuccessful in achieving the necessary results to produce the show.
“We were incredibly excited to bring an all Barbadian cast of artistes this year, a first under the Cohobblopot Ignition brand. Premier Events Services Inc. will continue our commitment to bringing world class events to the Crop Over season,” the release added.