Press Release:– Events Saint Lucia in collaboration with the Calypso Management Committee, on Sunday June 23rd hosted the Preliminary round of Competition for the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch.
The event which was scheduled for 3pm at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Car Park had to be moved to an indoor facility, the National Cultural Centre, due to the inclement weather. The time was also moved to 5pm to facilitate the move.
All artistes were informed via WhatsApp at 2:09pm.
ECSL received acknowledgement of the changed location and time from all artistes including artiste Callix Xavier better known as Kakal at 2:11pm.
A public announcement was also made via social media at 1:21pm.
During Callix Xavier’s performance, two high output smoke grenades were released.
These grenades are prohibited from being used indoors, and thus no prior approval was either requested or given by the Officer in Charge of the Fire Department.
The smoke grenades created a sense of panic and a resulting stampede from the building. Persons also experienced respiratory discomfort.
Notwithstanding, all the judges remained within the judging vicinity with some moving to the sound booth in order to avoid the effects of the smoke grenade.
Though relocating, they still proceeded to judge his performance.
Events Saint Lucia, as well as the Cultural Development Foundation (owners of the National Cultural Centre) are both currently seeking legal advice on the way forward.