PM Stuart to attend Intersessional Summit

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Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart.
Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart arrives in Guyana today to attend the Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from February 16 to 17.

Following the adoption of the Agenda, Heads of Government are expected to discuss a wide range of issues that are critical to the development of the region, including: Correspondent Banking; Tourism in the Region; the Status of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); CARIFESTA XIII, which Barbados will host in August this year; Information and Communication Technologies for Development; and Relations with the Dominican Republic.

While in Guyana, Mr. Stuart will sign, on behalf of the Government of Barbados, the Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an Organ of the Community, and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community. (more…)

CARIFESTA Grand Market registration open

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Registration for the Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall for CARIFESTA XIII is now open.

Producers of cultural products and services are encouraged to sign up for the event, which takes place during CARIFESTA XIII from August 17 to 27.

The Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael. Interested persons may complete the registration form here.

The Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall will give buyers the opportunity to visit an exhibition of cultural goods and services in a market place environment, which exclusively features Caribbean creative products. Additionally, several international buyers have been invited to the event.

CARIFESTA, the region’s largest arts festival, is reported to host at least 3,000 regional artists and cultural practitioners.

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Barbados gets ready for CARIFESTA

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Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Culture Rhonda Greenidge (centre) holds the attention of the Director of the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority Andrea King (left) and Chief Cultural Officer at the NCF Andrea Wells (right). (Photo via Barbados Today)
Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Culture Rhonda Greenidge (centre) holds the attention of the Director of the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority Andrea King (left) and Chief Cultural Officer at the NCF Andrea Wells (right). (Photo via Barbados Today)

(Barbados Today) Barbados is pumping millions into hosting the 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) this summer, just weeks after this year’s Crop Over Festival, with renovations to performing venues on the cards and social media being used as a key tool to drive people here.

Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Stephen Lashley said a budget of $8 million – $2 million for renovations to performing venues such as the Combermere School, St Leonard’s Secondary, Alexandra and Christ Church Foundation School and another $6 million for the execution of the 11-day festival – have been already earmarked by ministry officials.

Addressing the media at his Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael office today, Lashley said planners expect about 3 000 artistes and artisans to converge on Barbados for the August 17-27 festival that has been given the sobriquet, the cultural Olympics of the region.

Read more at: Barbados Today

Barbados ready for Carifesta XIII

Barbados is on track to host CARIFESTA XIII from 17-27 August, 2017.

This assurance was given Monday morning by Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, at a press conference to announce the winners of the CARIFESTAlogo and jingle competitions at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Telling stakeholders, members of the CARIFESTA committee and reporters that the country was “on track in terms of the various aspects that we have had to address”, Mr. Lashley said the concept, theme and structure of CARIFESTA had been examined, and it was this island’s intention to make the festival “a huge success, not only for Barbados but also for the entire Caribbean”.

Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley presents Darin Holder with his BDS $10,000 cheque for winning the CARIFSTA XIII jingle competition. Looking on is music producer Dwain "Dwaingerous" Antrobus who assisted in the production of the jingle. (Photo by A.Miller via BGIS)
Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley presents Darin Holder with his BDS $10,000 cheque for winning the CARIFSTA XIII jingle competition. Looking on is music producer Dwain “Dwaingerous” Antrobus who assisted in the production of the jingle. (Photo by A.Miller via BGIS)

“Having established that initial committee, we followed up on that by putting in place a host country organising committee which I chair as Minister of Culture, and as a representative of the Cabinet of Barbados, and they have been meeting over the past year to prepare for this great signal event,” he explained.

Noting that CARIFESTA XIII would be hosted under the theme: Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating Ourselves, Mr. Lashley added that having decided upon the theme, a logo and jingle were needed to assist with the festival’s branding.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

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