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Kumar: Hibiscus Festival Fate To Be Decided

Suva is the melting pot of culture in Fiji so we can reflect more on that. We have to represent how Suva is very multicultural. We need to make it (festival) modern rather than making it bigger.
19 Jan 2021 10:13
Kumar: Hibiscus Festival Fate To Be Decided

Residents of Suva City will know in a few months whether the Hibiscus Festival will take place this year or otherwise.

The assurance came from the chairperson of the Hibiscus Committee Vinay Kumar who said they had to consider the impacts of COVID-19.

“The restrictions are still on and we have to wait and see. The Hibiscus Festival is a very big festival with thousands of people and it can only happen with the go-ahead from the Ministry of Health,” Mr Kumar said.

He added that for future Hibiscus Festivals it would not be about bigger and better but about quality which was reflective of what Suva is.

“Suva is the melting pot of culture in Fiji so we can reflect more on that. We have to represent how Suva is very multicultural. We need to make it (festival) modern rather than making it bigger.”

He made the sentiment with respect to the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine as mentioned by Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar who said it was promising.

“We don’t know what will happen or how long the vaccine will take to come to Fiji,” he said.

“There is no certainty right now. It’s a wait and see game.”

Mr Kumar added that Suva Retailers Association and Suva City Council had been kept out of the running of Hibiscus festival which was run by the chairperson of the Hibiscus Events Group for many years. The new Hibiscus Committee was appointed in March 2019 and is looking forward to hosting the next ‘Mother of all Festivals’ event after plans were shelved last year because of COVID-19.

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