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Lack of sponsors halt glitsy awards

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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THE glitsy, Caribbean Hall of Fame Award ceremony has been rescheduled for June 2019 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The event — hosted by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation (CDASCF) — was originally slated to be held last Saturday at the same venue.

Garnett Reid, the foundation's executive director and chairman of the organising committee, said not enough time, and lack of money were the reasons for the event being rescheduled.

“The time wasn't adequate to stage an event of this magnitude... it's a red-carpet, invitation-only event... The award itself is made of crystal. It's like the Caribbean Grammy Awards. We never wanted to water it down,” he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. “We regret any inconvenience that the rescheduling may have caused.”

He gave the budget to stage the Hall of Fame awards as $23 million.

“Some of our major donors didn't come forward. We only managed to collect $2.3 million,” said Reid.

Individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame are from the categories of sports, music, arts and culture.

This year's nominees include Mavado, Luciano, Damian Marley, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Trinidad & Tobago's Calypso Rose and Lord Laro, and Dr Noel Dexter. Sprinter Yohan Blake, cricketers Chris Gayle, Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara and boxer Lennox Lewis are also listed.

The executive director said a Who's Who book was also on the cards.

“We were doing a Caribbean Personalties Hall of Fame publication,” said Reid.

The Caribbean Hall of Fame Award was last held in 2016.

The foundation began staging the event nearly 30 years ago, in observance of the United Nations World Decade for Cultural Development, to honour and award hundreds of artistes and artists from across the region, particularly the English-speaking Caribbean.

Previous inductees include Reggie Carter, Dr Olive Lewin, guitarist Ernie Rangling, musician Byron Lee, actor/comedian Charles Hyatt, comedian/actor Oliver Samuels, dancehall deejay Beenie Man, singer Tarrus Riley, and academic and co-founder of the National Dance Theatre Company Rex Nettleford.

— Brian Bonitto

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