Last updated: October 25, 2017 at 06:41 am
The upcoming World Creole Music Festival has been officially cancelled, a month after Hurricane Maria brought carnage to the island of Dominica.
The move was widely expected but up until now there had been no official word from the organisers.
It was due to begin this Friday, running until Sunday, 29 October.
Discovery Dominica Authority has now released a statement on what would have been the 20th edition of the event.
“Following the passage of Hurricane Maria on 18 September, 2017, Dominica suffered severe infrastructural damage, destruction of property including hotels and loss of life,” the tourism body wrote.
“The damage suffered by hoteliers and private home owners, coupled with access challenges has made it difficult to stage the World Creole Music Festival to the high standard that patrons have come to expect.”
“Furthermore, given the present circumstances in Dominica, the national priority is to provide relief supplies and restore basic infrastructure and utilities.”
WIC News is waiting to hear how ticket holders are able to claim refunds.
Already a number of campaigns have been launched online to get those who recovered refunds to donate their money to the relief efforts in Dominica.
Discover Dominica Authority thanked all of their supporters, and said that work would begin on hosting the festival in 2018 in a rebuilt Dominica.