Cash-strapped Festivals Commission Busy Promoting One Nation Concert


The festivals commission is busy promoting the controversial One Nation Concert while dozens of prize winners and service providers of the 2018 carnival celebrations have not been paid.

It is estimated that tens of thousands of dollars will be needed to host the controversial concert, a brainchild of prime minister Gaston Browne.

In previous years, the concert has attracted pricy acts from abroad and also featured some local performances.

The funding for the initiative however has never been made public.

Recently, the cash-strapped festivals commission began promotions for the event scheduled to be held in ten days.

Meantime, a promise to pay carnival prize winners and service providers by December has not been fulfilled.

In November, Festivals Minister Daryl Matthew said all vouchers would be sent to the treasury for payment.

Festivals Chairman Maurice Merchant followed up with a press statement which reminded the public of a government commitment to pay by December 2018.

Many service providers tell ANR they have not heard from the Treasury nor the Festivals Commission.

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  1. Staff Party, 1 Nation Concert, the disrespect goes on and on. They keep pussyfooting and feeding their creditors BS. It has become a national embarrassment, and an utter disgrace. People are tired of the lies. It seems that monies allocated for payments have been spent on joyrides disguised as promotional events and that may just be why payments have been delayed.
    The Honourable PM as Min. of Finance REALLY needs to get on top of this situation and rectify it so that it stops ballooning out of control and also to stop the erosion of trust and goodwill between the service providers and his government.

  2. Contractors in Barbuda couldn’t afford to buy gifts for Christmas thanks to you mr mullin you bull S!!t those workers that was there for you all the way to the end of the year.

  3. Seems to be the rule rather than the exception.Why do these people who are not being paid continue to provide there services? Crazy.

  4. Its not just bills from 2018. i for one, like many others is owed from 2017. no word from no one as to when we will be paid disrespectful is putting it lightly

    • picket in front of the the concert..

      make placards that state how much you are owed and for how long and picket the concert
      show up in your numbers and let everyone know how the frauds rob you of your hard earned money

  5. Wow…This is crap. Why didn’t he/they just forget about the concert for this year and use the money to pay who he/they owes. Can imagine the oversea artists who will be brought in for this concert will be paid before the Antiguan and Barbuda people. We the people of Antigua and Barbuda need to rise up and take the bull by the horn and demand our money owed. Putting on this concert is like slapping the people in their faces telling them that to sit down and I pay you whenever me want.

  6. This is real B.S the Prime Abuser of this country, don`t care about the people. He only do something if there is benefit for him or his family. How could the government go ahead with this concert, when so many people are owed money? Bull S…!

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