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Hibiscus Festival Will Take Place This Year: Council

The event didn’t take place last year. This year, the festival could take place as late as December.
14 Mar 2020 10:07
Hibiscus Festival Will Take Place This Year: Council

The Hibiscus Festival will take place this year, says the Suva City Council management.

As preparatory works roll in, Suva and Lami special administrator chairman Isikeli Tikoduadua said the council and Suva Retailers Association have taken up commitment to ensure that the Hibiscus Festival takes place this year.

The event didn’t take place last year. This year, the festival could take place as late as December.

“The committee, which is made up of Suva City Council and the Suva Retailers Association are now mulling over the venue,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“The Fiji Sports Council venues are unavailable during the second school term break, but there is availability in December during the end of the year break.

“And we are not going to use Albert Park for the Hibiscus Festival because of the damage it would do to the field.”

The revamped Albert Park was completed in 2017 at a cost of $16 million. The council has ruled out the idea of hosting the festival at Suva’s Albert Park.

At this point the council is looking at the Fiji Sports Council venues, but nothing is confirmed at the moment.

The committee has also roped in Aqela Cakobau, one of the key people who was involved in organising of festival for some time. She said discussions were happening and things like a date and venue for the event would be finalised soon enough.

Suva residents are looking forward to the event.

Vikash Singh, 45, from Nabua, said the Hibiscus Festival was a premier event for Suva.

“During the festival the whole city came alive and people from as far as north would come. I look forward to the event every year mainly because I met my wife there when we were young,” he said.

Nilesh Lal, 40, of Toorak operates a barbecue business. He said the Hibiscus Festival was a boon for people in his trade.

Currently, no date and venue has been confirmed yet, but the assurance that the ‘Mother of all Festivals’ will take place this year has been reaffirmed by Suva City Council.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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