Funding and the use of the Grand Stand at the Queen’s Park Savannah are two of the challenges facing the Emancipation Support Committee in carryout activities to mark this year’s observance of the festival which will be officially commemorated on August 1st.

E.S.C. Chairman, Khafra Kambon, speaking at a news briefing held at the Committee’s Maraval head office this morning, said as of today the organisation has neither received any funding from government nor any word as to what level of funding to expect.

He added within the last two weeks the E.S.C. got verbal notice from officials of the National Carnival Commission that the committee will not be able to use the Grand Stand for activities of the emancipation commemoration due to several infrastructural challenges plaguing the facility.

Mr Kambon complained this development comes after the committee spent months planning for use of the facility and committed financial resources to designs appropriate to the structure and activities.

Last year the Committee got two million dollars for the festival.

The first activity at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah is the blessing of the ground ceremony on Sunday July 24th.

On Thursday July 28th there will be the grand opening of the Emancipation Village.