Potential sponsors don’t react – Living Statues Festival uncertain for this year

POSTED: 10/1/13 3:41 PM

St. Maarten – The future of the Living Statues Festival in St. Maarten is uncertain because the Kultura Regulation of the Mondriaan Foundation – the main sponsor of the 2011 and 2012 edition – has ceased to exist. Loekie Morales, President of the Beyond Writing Foundation – the organizer of the event – said in a press release that attempts to find alternative sponsors have failed so far.

The Mondriaan Foundation and the Prince Bernhard Fund were the main sponsors of the Living Statues event in 2011 and 2012. The government of St. Maarten also supported the festival in 2011.

“For the last nine months the Beyond Writing foundation has diligently approached several entities in St. Maarten for funding but to no avail,” Morales stated. The plan was to brand St. Maarten as the Caribbean Island of Living Statues.

Morales approached the ministries of education, culture and sports, as well as Economic Affairs, the Harbor Group of Companies, the airport, TelEm and UTA, several banks and other private entities for funding. “We did not receive any support up to now,” Morales stated. “Many people have asked me when the next edition will take place but my answer is that the continuity of the festival is uncertain.”

Morales regrets the situation. “This festival was doing what St. Maarten needs on several levels: building our nation, bringing young and old together, reviving our history and cultural heritage, diversifying our tourism product, and giving the youth a platform to express their creative talents. We can be the center of the Caribbean with such a multi-talented festival.”

Morales is calling on potential sponsors to help her make the third edition of the Living Statues Festival possible. Call 556 27 35 for information or email to beyondwriting@hotmail.com

The winners of last year’s festival, The ancestors, did not make it to the world Statues Festival in Arnhem last Saturday “because they were not ready to participate professionally on the world stage level,” Morales stated. Instead, the organization and the Beyond Writing Foundation organized a photo exhibition of the best living statues from the 2011 and 2012 events in the Grote Kerk in Arnhem.

The World Living Statues Festival took place last Saturday in Arnhem. Winner was the German John Eicke with Blanco, a white statue the public was invited to paint. Eicke also won the festival in 2010 with his creation Candy Man. New this year was the addition of Kids Statues. More than one hundred kids put together around 70 different acts.

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