A report from TeleSur.
Barbados’ Ministry of Culture has released a statement announcing that the opening ceremony of Carifesta, known as the XIII Caribbean Festival of Arts, will be postponed because of Tropical Storm Harvey.
The kick-off event was scheduled to take place Friday, but has been delayed because of the storm’s encroachment in the Eastern Caribbean.
Tropical Storm Harvey is currently bringing heavy rain and winds to the Windward Islands, Weather.com reported, adding that it may post a future threat to Central America’s Caribbean coast. Meteorologists have predicted that the storm may produce flash floods and mudslides in mountainous regions of the East Caribbean.
Barbados Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley announced that preparations for the impending storm had greatly impacted logistical plans for the opening ceremony, Nation News reported.
“The national response ahead of the system has forced the cancellation of the mandatory dress rehearsal which was scheduled to be held at Kensington Oval this evening,” Lashley said, according to the site.
“Immediate measures have also had to be taken to safeguard equipment at the venue.”
Lashley added that he will announce a new date for the opening ceremony “very shortly,” assuring participants that they will not be denied admission.
This year’s scheduled Carifesta events, which will run until Aug. 27, include book launches, symposiums, exhibits by BCC Pop Up Art, a Caribbean Wax Museum and a poetry reading by Kamau Braithwaite, among others.