Covid deals blow to Caribbean festivals

Another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic is the Caribbean entertainment industry.

The crisis has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of several of the region’s spring and summer music and sports festivals, at a time of year when Caribbean islands use these festivals to attract visitors and large numbers of the diaspora.

Many Caribbean islands will experience or already have seen a drop in revenue from entertainment tourism as festivals across the region slap cancellation notices across their websites and marquees.

Here’s a partial rundown of the status of several music and cultural festivals:

The St. Kitts Music Festival, originally set for June 24 to 28, will now be June 23 to 27, 2021.

The St. Lucia Jazz Festival, scheduled for May 7 to 9, has been canceled.

The Tobago Jazz Experience in Scarborough, Tobago April 23 to 26 has been called off with no future date announced.

The  Tmrw. Tday Culture Fest, which had been on the calendar for April 28 to May 3 in Negril, has gone virtual and is set for April 18 to 28 at

Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest, originally set for July 12 to 18 in Montego Bay, is still on as festival organizers continue to monitor the spread of the virus in the country.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the St. Thomas International Regatta, Carnival St. Thomas, the Taste of St. Croix, the St. Croix Food & Wine Festival, the USVI Tennis Cup and the VI Literary Fest & Book Fair, which were scheduled to take place in late March and April, were canceled.

The PGA Tournament at the Corales golf course in Punta Cana, set for September, is still on the books.

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