The World Cup of Drummondville will not be back in 2018 and may well never come back, according to a statement sent early Tuesday by the board of directors of the event.
“Like many major festivals in Quebec, the Mondial des cultures has faced several major challenges in recent years, including a substantial reduction in its revenues and a leisure dollar that is becoming increasingly limited among Quebecers,” he added. the statement said.
The 37th edition had yet resulted in a 30 percent increase in ridership, the organizers said in July. But Tuesday’s release instead reports a shortfall of $ 82,697 for the current year, which plumps the accumulated deficit to $ 353,404.
The organization is reassuring with its creditors and ensures that its financial obligations will be met by December 31.
“The strong social fabric and know-how of our people will be valuable assets for the future,” says Josée Vendette, Chair of the Board of Directors, on a note of hope.
Nowhere, however, does the press release refer to a resumption of the event in 2019.
In agreement with the decision of the administrators of the World of Cultures, the mayor of Drummondville Alexandre Cusson has argued that summer events have multiplied over the last ten years in his city and that citizens participate in large numbers.
“Considering the strong participation of citizens in these activities, we will continue in this direction,” he said, promising to take advantage of the year 2018 to redefine the “summer event offer” of his city.