SLP Condemns Non-Funding of CARIFESTA

PRESS RELEASE:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party is alarmed at statements made by Minister for Local Government and Culture, Hon Fortuna Belrose, indicating that artistes from Saint Lucia wanting to participate in CARIFESTA in Barbados in August will not be fully financed by government.

The SLP notes that when in government, it appreciated the value of the arts to Saint Lucia and the hard work and commitment of the artistes and therefore funded the total cost of Saint Lucia’s participation in CARIFESTA.

Jerome Gedeon

Jerome Gedeon

Said SLP’s spokesman for culture Hon Jerome Gedeon, “we believe that the government does not have its priorities right. No effort should be spared to encourage our artistes to excel and display their talents to the world. Government should re-consider how it uses taxpayers’ money and stop the unnecessary spending like the excessive travelling of government ministers. I am calling on the government to support and fund the cost of the CARIFESTA contingent as was done by the SLP government.”

Sen Gedeon added “when one considers the treatment of the National Trust, the closing of the Dereck Walcott House and the uncertainty surrounding the Cultural Complex, we can infer that the UWP government has scant regard for the arts and heritage of Saint Lucia.”


  1. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 11:39 am

    what you talking, were you there you a new comer ,what you know about carifesta
    carifesta has been a joy ride for these artiste ,what are they going to present
    in times past what ever that was being presented at carifesta was presented to the publc from alvin hippolite to mr compton and other culture directors funds was raised during that ere to help in the artiste participation
    under which umbrella body are they going
    stop grasping at straws Gideon stay in your section (Word deleted)

  2. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    We the public never know about CARIFESTA especially those of us in the south of the island. Can someone tell me how much the participation in CARIFESTA cost?

    1. Anonymous
      June 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Only Castries cultrual groups know Carifesta. They can every bit of it. BOOTS, FISH and company who create groups around this time to represent St. Lucia. All other long serving active groups are left out. End this darm joy ride and put in proper structures in place for other groups on island to enjoy the joy ride.
      Nuff Said.

  3. Concerned person
    June 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Right on target

  4. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Cost-cutting Government if it aint related to tourism it has go

  5. Jack
    June 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Bunch of hacks…that’s young ppl we talking about….carifesta
    that involves development of the youth….it looks like as time goes by lucian’s tunnel vision for partisan politics get stronger….be a pendulum or rather a Tarzan character and look deep into you all souls and fight for what will sustain our generation of the future and stop thinking about ourselves..that’s why the white gender will keep on dominating the world bcuz they ahead whilst we black folk think just infront of our feet

    1. Anonymous
      June 16, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Young people in Castries only? Is that fair? What is the Nation benefiting? How prepared are we for arifesta?

  6. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    SLP, UWP hack just shut up none of your party intetested in Culture. Joy ride for the boys and girls.

  7. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm


  8. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Every 2 years is CARIFESTA and only Boots, Kendal and Fish would know about it. No wonder they are now in the forefront of SLP. Something was passing.

  9. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I think you slps know the situation the country is in financially. Stop pretending when you’ll were the ones who left it that way. We need to stop this name calling and change things around. In one yr the govt have to access the situation and then take action on how to try to make things work.

  10. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    The c0untry is broke but new position created for minister’s wife as communications officer in the consulate in Miami. do the research and get the salary.

  11. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Tell me one thing this government has fone that your’ll condone?

  12. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    This is not about the political parties. I will ask again somebody help me by letting me know apart from the make shift groups, Boots , Fish and Silvet Shadows. Which other ligitimate group know of Carifesta? I really nit freaking interested in who get job. This is about our culture and the blantant bais towards other groups. There are so many active group I can name. Let them come out and tell us about the fisaco in Haiti for this same Carifesta. Tell Saint Lucians. All you Hacks only when it is convenient. They can cut the whole darm thing. End the joy ride.

  13. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Yes Hon Pierre it was your girls and boys who went to Carifesta in Haiti. Do you have a report for us on the fiasco. Maybe good place to start. So you guys at the time did not condem the disrespect to the artist in Haiti.

  14. Anonymous
    June 17, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Let him know that.

  15. Germaine
    June 17, 2017 at 11:31 am

    $400,000 to go to Carifesta. It’s every 2 years but y’all only bring y’all Proposal 3 months before. I’ve never even seen a report or video on one of our Carifesta performances. SMH…Chastanet I don’t like you too much right now but good move! And to my SLP politicians stop barking at everything the Government does. Y’all only opposing for opposing sake right now and it is getting ridiculous.