Abonaty Liburd, Executive Director of the Culturama Secretariat

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) plans to construct a permanent home for the community-based cultural festival Gingerama at Market Shop. Construction is expected to commence in December, prompting the Gingerama Committee to suspend the 2018 festival to make way for construction.

Abonaty Liburd, Executive Director of the Culturama Secretariat in the Ministry of Culture, made the announcement on Nov. 2.

“The Nevis Island Administration has taken the decision to construct a permanent facility to house the community Gingerama festival. This facility will be built at site in Market Shop.

“By virtue of the fact that construction is expected to begin before year-end the Gingerama Committee has decided to not have the Gingerama festival, which is usually held in late November or early December and we have decided to not have the festival this year,” Liburd said. “However, in the interim, the committee intends to host an all-night fundraiser dubbed Volcanic Fusion at the Cultural Village on Nov. 30 in Charlestown to secure funding for Gingerama 2019.”

Liburd urged the public to support Volcanic Fusion, which will include musicians from both Nevis and St. Kitts.

“It will be a night of musical entertainment,” Liburd said. “We will have the Grand Masters Band from St. Kitts and the Kollision Band. We will have St. Kitts DJ Toro and our own Extasy Sounds featuring DJ Woodis. It will be an all-night event, starting at the Cultural Village at 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.

“The admission will be $25. We encourage Nevis to support the Gingerama Committee’s efforts to raise funds that will be used to stage Gingerama 2019.”

Liburd noted that the NIA’s decision to construct the new facility for the festival, was born out of an initiative by Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Culture and Area Representative for Gingerland, who has served as festival committee chairman of the of the festival committee since 2016 when the people of the area decided to revive the community festival.

“Minister Evelyn was chosen as the chairman, and on becoming Minister of Culture he would have taken that initiative to the administration,” Liburd said. The administration went ahead with his suggestion. We will have the construction of this brand new facility in Gingerland.”

After its completion, the facility will have a dual-purpose. It will also be available to the people of Gingerland to practice various cultural disciplines.