Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the Caribbean Community (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.
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.
The three-day event was officially declared open on Wednesday and features 15 artists who are members of the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname. The exhibition is part one of an exchange programme between Suriname and Guyana and will include a return visit of Guyanese artists to Suriname.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Expo, Assistant Secretary General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Cox, said that the exchange programme fitted into the framework of the Community’s Strategic Plan.
“Culture is seen as a pillar for building economic and social resilience, as well as strengthening CARICOM identity and spirit of the Community. Culture is a unifying force in regionalism and important to the success of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. Culture promotes social cohesion and inclusiveness and contributes to wealth creation and the reduction of poverty,” he said.
Local and regional entrepreneurs will have a rare opportunity to showcase their products to international buyers as well as shoppers from the Caribbean when the new CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall opens at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) on August 17.
Described by coordinator Andre Hoyte as a ‘Shopping Mall’, the traditional grand market of CARIFESTA has been redesigned specifically to attract retail buyers. In addition to those from the Region, buyers have been invited from the USA, Canada, Colombia and Europe.
(Georgetown, March 07, 2017) – Even as efforts continue on the road to the Caribbean being showcased, domestic plans are moving apace to make Guyana’s participation at CARIFESTA XIII as broad-based as possible.
CARIFESTA XIII is slated for staging in Barbados during the period August 17-27, and the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport proposes to field a 60-strong contingent. Guyana has already registered to field a contingent to the event and to ensure the broad-based participation idea is realised, on Tuesday, 11 April, Hon. Minister Nicolette Henry is set to chair a CARIFESTA Planning meeting in the boardroom of the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, Main Street.
At that meeting, members of the respective planning committees will be issued Terms of Reference of Guyana’s proposed plans.
Further, that gathering should feature participants’ presentations of their plans with specific reference to their area of expertise. Additionally, they are expected to share proposed plans for the commencement of National auditions and or judging of works to shortlist what will be Guyana’s presentation for CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados.