Grenada: The 2022 Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival has been cancelled in Guyana. The cancellation has been confirmed by the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival Committee and the Carriacou and Petite Martinique Festival Board.
It follows dialogue over the last six weeks between the committee, the festival board and key stakeholders, all of whom expressed concern about the time needed to efficiently plan, prepare and execute the festival post-COVID 19.
While apologizing to patrons for the inconvenience that may be caused as a result of the cancellation, organizers and key stakeholders, both locally and regionally, are assuring a grand return of the festival in 2023.
Traditionally, the festival is held at the end of April.
It is a great festival in Guyana, and people witness the glance of the pure culture and breathtaking experience with the numerous events.
In the Maroon culture, the various events depict the prayers and production with prosperity to the person who gave the source of all life.
The African origin of the culture is depicted using various ways, which include drumming, singing, and eating of smoke food. Besides this, various other rituals have also been performed in the unique Carriacou way by the people of the country.
Earlier, due to some sort of rising in COVID-19, The Ministry of Health and Social Security advised the public that despite the repealing of the COVID-19 Emergency Powers Regulations, anyone visiting the general and subsidiary hospitals, as well as health centres and medical stations should adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures.
Senior health managers are reminding all concerned that the recommended measures include, but are not limited to:
- Wearing of masks.
- Observing physical distance protocols.
The Ministry firmly believes that the measures are necessary for the continued safety and protection of patients, staff, and visitors.
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