This year’s edition of Webeat St. James Live!, has been cancelled.
Organiser of the event, the St James Community Improvement Committee (CIC), cited the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, as reason for cancelling the 2020 production.
It will be the first time the annual festival, which had become quite popular on the entertainment calendar, will not take place since its inception in 2000.
WeBeat St. James Live, produced by the (CIC), was scheduled to take place from June 05 through June 13, but the organiser scrapped plans in the light of the national efforts to contain and manage the pandemic.
The committee had high hopes for this year’s presentation of WeBeat as it would have marked the 20th anniversary of the event and 20 consecutive years of the celebration.
WeBeat regulars would have received performances from some of Trinidad and Tobago’s premier artistes, as well as witnessed the naming of an honoree who has made significant contributions to the community and by extension and the nation.
Culmination of the event would have seen columns of steebands take part in the highly anticipated steelband street parade, which usually includes portrayals by traditional Carnival characters.
With Festival plans now shelved, principals on the committee plan to use the intervening months to undertake necessary refurbishments works to the St James Park and Amphitheatre.
Officials are assuring culture lovers that a couple of events will be staged, once it has been deemed safe to do so.
“We expect that a post-COVID-19 would see our country better than we were upon entering into it,” said president of the CIC Anthony Ferguson. “This is because we would have had the opportunity for sober reflection of where we were, and where we need to be headed.”
The CIC is encouraging everyone to stay safe and observe the directions of the Ministry of Health.
“We wish to see everyone on the other side of this Coronavirus.” Ferguson ended.