The early hopes are dimming fast for a holding a Crop Over Festival this year in any traditional sense with promoters, band leaders and other key players now looking to virtual events to keep the festival spirit alive.
President of the Entertainment Association of Barbados Rudy Maloney sees perhaps a hybrid arrangement of mostly virtual concepts combined with very limited face to face events, if that is at all possible.
Mr. Maloney believes that the current period that would normally be used to plan for large face to face events represents a chance to work on many of the issues that are of concern to the players in the industry.
He sees this as a good opportunity to implement measures to enhance the sector and to make it easier for the players to business.
President of the Barbados Association of Calypsonians and Entertainers, Sean Apache Carter says the entertainers have already given up any hope of having any live performances for Crop Over this year.
He says the most they can hope for are some virtual events.
Rondele Jones, general manager of the Aura Experience Kadooment Band says he’s waiting to see what the official position on Crop Over will be but he too sees a virtual Crop Over as the likely outcome this year.
His organization is already looking towards Crop Over 2022.