CARIFESTA XIII ends in true Regional integration style

Barbados’ Minister of Culture Hon. Stephen Lashley passes on the CARIFESTA Baton to Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Community Development and Culture Dr. the Hon. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly,

The Region’s cultural performers transformed the Kensington Oval in Barbados into a sea of Regional integration as they brought the curtains down on CARIFESTA XIII, Sunday night.  The Closing Ceremony for the ten-day festival featured performances from some of the region’s top music and dance groups, steel bands, and individual artistes, while delegates and patrons partied to the regional cultural mix.

Kensington Oval, Barbados – Closing Ceremony

Headlining attendance at the ceremony were Barbados’ Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hon Stephen Lashley, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Community Development and Culture Dr. the Hon. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, and Assistant Secretary General for Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater.

Dr.  Slater, in remarks delivered on behalf of CARICOM Secretary General  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  thanked the Government and people of Barbados for their hospitality in hosting the event. Noting that organizing an event of the magnitude of CARIFESTA was a major undertaking, he congratulated the Minister of Culture and his team for doing so successfully,   especially having to overcome the challenge of Tropical Storm Harvey, which brought heavy rains to the island and forced the postponement of the August 18th Opening Ceremony.

Assistant Secretary-General HSD, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater addresses the Closing Ceremony

Dr. Slater said an important legacy of CARIFESTA XIII was the way in which Barbados has placed the development of Regional cultural and creative industries at the centre of the festival through the Grand Market and Buyers Shopping Mall.

“Barbados has further expanded the concept of the Caribbean market place for the arts which was introduced in CARIFESTA XI in Suriname 2013.”

Minister Lashley, in his remarks, pointed to the opportunities created from the presence of more than 20 regional and international buyers as a measure of the festival’s success. The Minister    handed over the CARIFESTA baton to his Trinidadian counterpart, Minister Gadsby-Dolly. Trinidad and Tobago will host CARIFESTA XIV in 2019 under the theme “The Tangible and Intangible, Connect Share and Invest”.

Patrons were then given an early taste of what to expect at CARIFESTA XIV. The ceremony ended with performances from several Barbadian artistes including new cultural ambassadors Allison Hinds and Red Plastic Bag.

Guyana Minister stresses need for high-quality broadcasting content in Region

MINISTER of Public Telecommunications, (Guyana), Catherine Hughes, has emphasised the need for consistency in the production of good-quality broadcasting content even as she called on the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) to critically assess where the industry is heading and assist the Region to chart a course towards reaping the economic benefits of its creativity.

Minister Hughes was at the time delivering the feature address at the CBU’s Annual General Assembly (AGM) which convened this week in Nassau, Bahamas. According to a release, top executives and other personnel of more than 22 media companies in the Caribbean are currently in Nassau participating in the event being held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, under the theme, ‘Digital Developments in Caribbean Media.’ It commenced on Monday and will conclude on Thursday.

Minister Hughes delivered the feature address on the theme, and she emphasised the need for consistent production of good-quality content by broadcasters.

“As we transition from analogue to digital in all spheres, technology will drive more than content. It will drive competition, It will drive convergence, and context, it will drive communication, which channels are used and how we will all benefit collectively and commercially,” Minister Hughes said.

Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis, third from left and Minister Cathy Hughes (back row, third from left) with other officials at the CBU’s Annual General Meeting (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)
Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis, front row, third from left, and Minister Catherine Hughes (back row, third from left) with other officials at the CBU’s Annual General Assembly (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)

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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.