CARICOM Official lauds work of Regional Cultural Committee

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Ms. Myrna Bernard, Director, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat speaking during the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee of the Caribbean Community,
Ms. Myrna Bernard, Director, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat speaking during the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee of the Caribbean Community,

Director of Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms Myrna Bernard, on Wednesday lauded the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) for its many achievements over the past two decades.

Ms. Bernard was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, 21-23 July, 2017. Ms. Myrna Bernard  said the RCC was instrumental in developing a Regional cultural policy in 1994, and noted that the policy still served as a reference document and a model for cultural policies in some Member States where policies are still being developed.

In fact, the vision of the Ideal Caribbean Person, detailed in that document, has served as a foundation to guide many a strategy and conversation on Human Development. The Conference of Heads in 1997 adopted it during their deliberations on HRD; in 2010, the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development CCYD updated and used it as basis for informing the Paramaribo Youth Strategy, and the most recent (2017) Development of the CARICOM HRD 2030 Strategy, has also used that conceptualisation of the Ideal Caribbean Person.

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CARIFESTA XIII given thumbs up

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Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, chairs a meeting with visiting interim festival directorate and Barbados’ CARIFESTA Secretariat. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)
Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, chairs a meeting with visiting interim festival directorate and Barbados’ CARIFESTA Secretariat. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)

A regional stakeholder has lauded Barbados for its preparations for this year’s CARIFESTA XIII celebrations.

During a meeting with Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, at his Sky Mall Ministry, Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown, said that Barbados was “on a good track so far”, as it prepared to host the region’s largest arts festival from August 17 to 27.

Dr. Brown is a part of the visiting interim festival directorate, an advisory committee of CARICOM that meets to advise, guide and make suggestions towards the development of CARIFESTA.

Noting that this was the second progress meeting on Barbados’ CARIFESTA preparations, the programme manager said that with the festival only a few months away, it was an especially “critical” meeting.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

Lashley: CARIFESTA XIII will bring lasting change to Barbados

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Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, and Consultant Architect for the CARIFESTA XIII renovations and building projects, Michael Lashley, lead the tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations. (Photo by Weekes via BGIS)
Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, and Consultant Architect for the CARIFESTA XIII renovations and building projects, Michael Lashley, lead the tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations. (Photo by Weekes via BGIS)

CARIFESTA XIII is expected to have a long lasting impact on cultural industries in Barbados.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, expressed this view during a recent tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations.

While speaking to the Barbados Government Information Service during the all- day tour of the various locations, Mr. Lashley stated that the scheduled renovations for the various locations would be the “legacy” of CARIFESTA in Barbados.

“The schools that we have earmarked for CARIFESTA, all of them have halls that have been used or are being used for events of various kinds. Many of these facilities would not have been upgraded over the past couple of years…the schools that will benefit from upgrades will certainly be in a better position to do much more…,” he noted.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service