The first edition of the One Nation Concert is being described as a success as thousands turned out for the event.
The concert ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning with the original Burning Flames at the Antigua Recreation Grounds.
Other local Artists including MNM Music, Queen Thalia, Claudette Peters and Tian Winter joined regional artists such as the Original WCK from Dominica, Timeka Marshall out of Guyana and popular Dancehall artists Aidonia out of Jamaica to create an unforgettable experience at the inaugural event, and according to the feedback from artists and attendees alike, it was a success.
The Government is being lauded for the one nation concept which brought together the Caribbean Diaspora in Antigua and Barbuda through the art of music.
Artists shared similar sentiments noting that the concert promotes integration and added that they are anticipating the next concert.
Approximately 10,000 is the number estimated to have been the turn out for the event.
After announcing the event, the government came under heavy criticism after residents began to question the source of funding for the free concert to be held on Saturday in light of outstanding monies owed to Carnival participants.
Minister of Culture and National Festival the Hon. Paul Chet Greene placed the cost for the Government’s One Nation Concert at EC$ 300,000 but however assured that monies owed to 2016 Carnival participants will be paid.
He also defended the move by the government describing the move to host the concert as strategic in order to preserve the culture of the twin island state. He said the one nation concept is a new notion adopted by the government as a part of its goal to build a stronger and more culturally based Antigua and Barbuda.