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Eight of the Region’s Local Organising Committees (LOCs) for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) West Indies 2007 have agreed collectively, to come up with some US$500,000 to secure the services of suitable consultants and technical expertise to execute the plans for the opening ceremony planned for March 1, next year.
This assistance will add to the US$1.9 million contributed equally by CWC 2007 Inc. and the Jamaica LOC to stage the event billed as ‘Caribbean Energy’.
Apart from the funds, Executive Director for the Jamaica LOC, Robert Bryan, revealed that the other LOCs had also committed to contributing to the ceremony in kind. This will include transporting artistes, performers and costumes, among other things, to Jamaica for the event.
He was speaking at a press briefing held at the offices of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) in Kingston on November 28.
The Executive Director also introduced members of the team who will spearhead the event. He said they represented the best creative and technical minds available in Jamaica.
They are: Martin Lewis, LOC Opening Ceremony Manager; Brian St. Juste, Technical Department Manager; Delano Forbes, Technical Production; Lawrence Tulloch, Technical Production; Carol Lawes, Creative Department Manager; Monica Lawrence, Costume Manager; Peter Ashbourne, Music and Score; L’Antoinette Stines, Dance and Movement; Bert Rose, Props and Production design; Jerome Hamilton, Artiste Bookings and Lisa Jenoure, Operations and Logistics Manager.
“We believe this team has the capacity to get the job done and will, working with the other LOCs, which I can confirm to you is happening, deliver a first class event that the region will be proud of,” he noted.
In addition, the Jamaica LOC has contracted Angela Thame and Margaret Miller, to develop and implement an Opening Ceremony specific marketing programme.”We believe that this event needs to be marketed in a way to ensure that it is positioned properly,” Mr. Bryan stressed.
As for what fans can expect at the opening ceremony, the Executive Director said that the event would last for two hours, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation, he further explained, would be “Pan Caribbean representation of culture, dance and music from the region”. Specifically, the show is expected to consist of performances by superstars from Jamaica and across the region.
“If you wish to understand more about the ceremony, you will definitely need to buy a ticket now,” he quipped.
“The participation of the consultants and cutting edge technology in the production of the event, will add new dimensions to this made-for- television [spectacle] and will be broadcast live to millions of viewers worldwide from the impressive and breathtaking and now existing Multi Purpose Stadium in Trelawny,” he added.
Jamaica has been awarded the yellow package, which includes the opening ceremony. This award did not require Jamaica to produce the event but to simply host it. However, the Jamaica LOC was approached by the CWC 2007 Inc. in May to assist in the production and planning of the event.
In the end, an agreement was reached and the CWC 2007 Inc. chose to remain the executive producer of the event, while the Jamaica LOC opted to manage the production of the ceremony.