Promoters of the Karukera One Love Festival at Maracas Bay believe T&T has missed a grand opportunity to showcase our culture to the world by pulling the plug on the stage in the sea.
Thierry Reynaud and Oliver Choisi gave their views hours after the controversial stage, which was erected on the seabed to hold Friday’s event, was dismantled and its location shifted. Yesterday, construction of a new stage began west of the shoreline.
Both men said when concerns were raised that the stage posed a risk to patrons they had to act swiftly to keep the fete alive.
“So to make everybody comfortable with this year we followed the rules and advice of the authorities to remove the stage from the sea. The stage will be on the seashore so that everybody is happy and everybody is comfortable,” Reynaud said.
Choisi said most of the state agencies agreed to grant them the necessary approvals to build the stage in the seawater. He said he was given a verbal all-clear to construct the stage which the EMA and T&T Fire Services would have examined once completed to ensure stability and safety and approval given.