CDB introduces Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund to regional practitioners at CARIFESTA XIII

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August 22, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Building on the recent announcement of its provision of initial capitalisation for the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently introduced the CIIF to approximately 100 cultural practitioners, policymakers and academics from across the Caribbean. The occasion was the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights Workshop, held as part of CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados on Sunday August 20, 2017, sponsored by CDB.

Lisa Harding, Private Sector Development Specialist, CDB, noted that the CIIF was developed to support an enabling environment for the development of the cultural industries sector, and could make the cost of doing business more affordable for Regional cultural practitioners.

This Fund is born out of the fact that we recognise there’s a void in the financing ecosystem. There are gaps, especially in grant funding for creative industry entrepreneurs and stakeholders in general. We consulted with several stakeholders to come up with a model that we believe will help to support the sector. The areas which the Fund will cover are music, audio-visual, film, animation and gaming, fashion and design and festivals and carnivals,” said Harding.

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CARIFESTA XIII Grand Market gets underway today

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The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre  in Barbados was a buzz of activity on Friday in preparation for the opening of the CARIFESTA XIII Grand Market which will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at noon. Vendors and exhibitors were busy preparing their booths, mounting their displays and making general arrangements. Minister of Culture, Barbados Hon. Stephen Lashley was there to oversee the activities.

Our Communications Officer at CARIFESTA spoke to the Minister who said that all activities in the CARIFESTA XIII schedule are still on despite the disruption cause by Tropical Storm Harvey.   He also encouraged persons to visit the Grand Market and Buyers Shopping Mall to witness various aspects of the Region’s culture on display.

Stay tuned to this space for the video interview with Minister Lashley who will provide more details on what to look forward to at CARIFESTA XIII, including the opening ceremony which will now be on on Sunday, August 20, 2017, starting at the Queen’s Park Oval and culminating at the Kensington Oval.

Government Services to resume as normal in BVI

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His Excellency the Acting Governor, Mr. Robert Mathavious, in consultation with the Premier, Dr. the Honorable D. Orlando Smith; the Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Mrs. Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) agreed that Government Offices will open as usual on Thursday 10th August 2017.

Electricity has been restored to the majority of the Territory and the BVI Electricity Corporation’s restoration teams are steadily addressing minor outstanding areas that are still without power.

The DDM has stated that the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services forecasts indicated that some showers, which could be moderate to locally heavy at times, are possible. These conditions are expected to linger across the area into Friday. Thereafter, dry and stable conditions are expected to return to the area as a high pressure ridge becomes dominant once again. (more…)