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Hibiscus Festival Not Next Month

Albert Park is out of the picture because SCC will not want to sustain damage to its $16million facility.
04 Jul 2019 14:03
Hibiscus Festival Not Next Month
The 2018 Vodafone Hibiscus Queen Contestant winners.

The annual Hibiscus Festival will not take place during the second term school holidays, says festival executive committee chairman Vinay Kumar.

The Hibiscus Festival executive committee met on Tuesday evening to discuss the appointment of an organising committee.

Mr Kumar, who is also Suva Retailers Association (SRA) president, said it would take at least a month to get the right people on board the organising committee.

This makes it impossible to host the event in August, the traditional date for the festival.

“There is no way. It is already July and if you think about it, logistically it is not possible,” he said.

“We want to get this done, but we want to do it properly.

“We don’t only want to revive it, but ensure that it is hosted in the city.”

At the meeting Mr Kumar was appointed the executive chairman, Suva City Council’s director administration Asaeli Tokalau was appointed deputy chairman while SRA’s Salendra Narayan was appointed secretary.

Mr Kumar said everything had been done in accordance with the Hibiscus Festival Committee constitution and they had dissolved the committee responsible for past years event.

“We were looking forward to get the audited report from 2013 and 2014 events and that has been tabled and will be discussed further,” he said.

“We will appoint a chairperson of the new organising committee as soon as possible and let the public know.

“The committee will be responsible for organising of the Hibiscus Festival, which includes the dates and venues and other logistics.”

Mr Kumar said the organising committee would operate out of Albert Park once all members have been appointed.

The major task for the organising committee will be the selection of a proper venue.

“Hibiscus belongs to the people of Suva and I believe people of Suva must have an input,” Mr Kumar said.

“Venues are an issue in Suva City and we want the festival to be happening in the Capital City because this festival belongs to the people of Suva,” he said.

Albert Park is out of the picture because SCC will not want to sustain damage to its $16million facility.

Initial talks have started with Suva Grammar School and Fiji Sports Council, but nothing has been confirmed.

Mr Kumar said all this would be decided by the Hibiscus Festival Organising Committee.

He added the committee would look at all these factors and decide if the Hibiscus Festival will be held this year.

Edited by Percy Kean

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