Chairman of the Caribana Committee, Yanick Beazer, feels that protocol has been overlooked by the Tourism and Culture Committee as he was not invited to a meeting held to discuss the plans for Caribana 2018.
In an exclusive interview with OBSERVER media Beazer said: “[Chairperson of the Tourism and Culture Committee, Asha Frank] notified me that the culture and tourism committee would have a meeting [last] Friday, and they would decide [on Caribana], I was a bit lost because I thought they would have invited me to this meeting to give an update on Caribana”
He added: “I think protocol [would dictate] that they should have invited me to this meeting but they did not. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t invite me to give an update or to update me on their position.”
Caribana was to be held this weekend but according to Beazer it appears to have been postponed.
Beazer disclosed that although he is the Chairman of Caribana, he has not yet received any official communication about the plans for Caribana.
“I think they made a decision but up to now, as the chairman for Caribana I am still waiting to hear what’s the final decision on Caribana 2018, [which] should be happening this weekend. I have been hearing it is postponed, as to what date and what are the new plans … I have no information.”
Beazer explained that he contacted the Chairman of the Festivals Commission, Maurice Merchant, to find out how he should proceed.
“I spoke to Mr. Merchant … he indicated that they have been working with the Caribana committee for quite some time and we are pleased with the work we have done together and if Ms. Frank and her committee feels to postpone Caribana then we will go with it,” he said.
According to Beazer all promotional items were prepared after the Festivals Commission had a meeting with the minister of culture, Daryll Matthew. In that meeting a plan to downsize Caribana was made and an event schedule was drafted. Beazer added that he was not given an opportunity to share the plans with the Tourism and Culture committee.
Wade Burton, chairman of the Barbuda Council, disclosed on OBSERVER AM that he is in agreement with the postponing of Caribana.
Burton said: “I think postponing it would be a good call, not cancel it, but postpone it to later down in the year so that we can actually plan something… that can be more feasible.”
He added: “There is no [place] for us to entertain Caribana right now.”
OBSERVER media made several attempts to contact Chairperson of the Tourism and Culture Committee, Asha Frank, but was unsuccessful.