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(Barbados Today) – The Crop Over Festival is the latest casualty of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which is affecting more than 200 countries and territories across the world.

Cabinet has approved a recommendation by the Ministry of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports to cancel this year’s Crop Over Festival.

This decision was made in light of ongoing global efforts to contain and manage the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Government’s negative short term projections for the local economy, regional and international travel and trade, and weakened public confidence in attending mass gatherings in the current environment, and immediately thereafter.

Cabinet has further agreed that the Ministry, through the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), would replace the major festival with a national training programme in schools and communities, and a wide-reaching campaign to both fund and produce radio, television and digital content, which would be accessible across multiple delivery channels, including the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.

The Ministry of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports remains committed to its mission of creating opportunities in the cultural industries.  To this end, the NCF will shortly convene a series of stakeholder consultations to discuss ways in which cultural practitioners could participate in, and benefit from, the programmes identified as replacements for the Crop Over Festival.

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