With the installation of a new Government last week, the launch of this year’s Crop Over festival has been delayed.
The island’s premiere cultural showcase was due to kick off this weekend with a series of events, beginning with Crop Over Explosion tomorrow at 2 p.m. at King George V Memorial Park in St Philip.
This was to be followed by the Crop Over Craft Works and the Scotiabank Junior Claypso Monarch Tent 1 at Lester Vaughan Secondary School on Saturday and Tent 2 at Combermere School on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Crop Over Visual Arts Village and Art Walk was also due to be held in Queen’s Park, while on Sunday, the Crop Over Service of Blessing was scheduled for St Barnabas Anglican Church and the BTPA Crop Over Culinary Heritage Bus Tour for kick off at Queen’s Park.
However, in a statement today organizers, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) pointed out that John King, the new Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports, who has direct responsibility for the festival, was sworn into office on Sunday.
“On assuming his portfolio, which includes a responsibility for the NCF and by extension the Barbados Crop Over festival, it is customary for the minister to be fully briefed on all plans and preparations prior to the start of the season.
“However, the proximity of his assumption of office to the start of the festival did not afford him the opportunity to meet with the management of the NCF for an extensive brief before the upcoming launch.
“Regrettably, this has necessitated the postponement of this weekend’s scheduled events to officially open the Barbados Crop Over Festival,” the NCF statement said, adding that “we will advise on the details of the new schedule for the launch.
“The National Cultural Foundation expresses its sincere apologizes to the Crop Over sponsors, service providers, vendors and all other stakeholders affected by this unavoidable postponement.”
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Mia Mottley had expressed concern that the contract of the NCF Chief Executive Officer Cranston Browne had been renewed ahead of schedule, effectively tying the hands of her new administration.
Barbados TODAY understands that King and Browne are scheduled to meet tomorrow to determine the way forward.