THE EDITOR: This year, the St James Community Improvement Committee and the Woodbrook/St James Community Association received funding from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and the Prime Minister’s Sports and Culture Fund to finance:
a) We Beat Live Steelband Parade in June with 17 steelbands.
b) Pan on the Avenue in August with 31steelbands.
Given the status of the country’s economy and the difficulty with sponsorship for these similar events, the permanent secretaries of these two government agencies should recommend to the two community-based agencies to collaborate in 2018.
By shifting the We Beat Live calendar of events to August 19-24, and ending with Pan on the Avenue on August 25, this will thereby eliminate the duplication of funding by the Government.
It must be the civic responsibility of all, including community-based organisations, to share in this burden of adjustment.