The Opening Ceremony of CARIFESTA XIII, scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, August 18, at Kensington Oval, has been postponed due to the approach of Tropical Storm Harvey.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, made the disclosure this evening, and explained that the preparations for the impending weather system had greatly impacted the arrangements for the opening ceremony.
“The national response ahead of the system has forced the cancellation of the mandatory dress rehearsal which was scheduled to be held at Kensington Oval this evening… Immediate measures have also had to be taken to safeguard equipment at the venue,” Mr. Lashley stated. (more…)
CARIFESTA has been the Caribbean Community’s premier art and culture festival since 1972. This roving event attracts artists and culture professionals from more than 30 countries in the Region and has been held 12 times across eight Member States. The thirteenth staging of this mega cultural showcase will see performers, artists and a range of cultural ambassadors from the Caribbean Region converging in a medley of sounds and sights that are sure to capture the true essence of Regional Integration.
“I would encourage everyone to come and experience CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados. It is an exciting celebration of Caribbean arts and culture where you can enjoy the artistic presentations of artists from 27 countries in our region in a wide range of disciplines over 10 days. There will be over 500 performances and events to choose from, so there will never be a dull moment,” says Dr. Hillary Brown, Programme Manager Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat.
Barbados is leveraging its $6 million investment in CARIFESTA XIII against the opportunities to break into the European Union’s (EU) cultural industries market.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley contends the region has been “slow” in taking advantage of the opportunities offered through the EU/Caribbean Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Monday he told the media: “We are strategically trying to position our creatives to make that agreement a living document and, of course, working with our various partners in the EU and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) we want to ensure after CARIFESTA there is a strategic focus on gaining market share.”
Lashley said CARIFESTA was one of the first moves to translate the artistic talent of the Caribbean into revenue and to prepare its artistic developers for the bigger markets. To date $2.5 million of the $6 million budgeted for the Festival has been spent, he said.