Flashback to CARIFESTA XII – Haiti, 2015

CARIFESTA XIII runs from the 17-27 August 2017 in Barbados.

In the build up to this edition of the festival, the CARICOM Secretariat has produced a throwback magazine from CARIFESTA XII, held in Haiti in August 2015. This magazine (see above) includes highlights from the various performances and cultural presentations from two years ago,  which  should wet the appetite for what is expected to be a great regional cultural showcase in Barbados.

The magazine can also be accessed via this link https://issuu.com/caricom/docs/caricom_view_-_carifesta_xii__haiti (more…)

Barbados building CARIFESTA legacy

Artistic Coordinator for CARIFESTA XIII, Dr. John Hunte, speaking at today’s press conference while looking on are Minister of Cultural, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, and Festival Director of the CARIFESTA Secretariat, Andrea Wells. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)
Artistic Coordinator for CARIFESTA XIII, Dr. John Hunte, speaking at the press conference. Looking on are Minister of Cultural, Sports and Youth, the HOn. Stephen Lashley, and Festival Director of the CARIFESTA Secretariat, Ms. Andrea Wells. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)

CARIFESTA XIII promises to be to be a diverse festival with a lasting legacy.

During a media update in his Sky Mall office on Monday, Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley highlighted several plans for the Festival. One notable feature referred to by the Minister was the Grand Market and Buyer’s Mall.

He pointed out that since Barbados had been at the forefront of the development of the cultural industries, CARIFESTA XIII will focus on the promotion of those industries. According to Minister Lashley, through its Grand Market and Buyer’s Mall, this year’s CARIFESTA XIII will employ a rebranded element. (more…)

CARICOM congratulates Haiti

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
President of Haiti. His Excellency Michel Martelly
President of Haiti, His Excellency Michel Martelly

CARICOM has congratulated the Government and People of Haiti as they celebrate the country’s 212th independence anniversary on 1 January, 2016.

The CARICOM Secretary-General  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in his congratulatory message to Haiti’s  President, His  Excellency Michel Martelly, paid tribute  to “the solidarity, strength and unity of the Haitian people”, which he said “continued to inspire the Community”.

“We are all aware of the significance of Haiti’s independence 212 years ago and its effect on shaping our modern world, it is in how the Haitian people continue to persevere in the face of adversity that we are most encouraged… Your resilience and steadfastness brings added strength to CARICOM,” he also said.

Noting that he expected Haitians at home and abroad will celebrate the occasion with the usual culturally rich environment for which it is known, he indicated that he could speak from first-hand knowledge of  that rich and diverse culture, having experienced and enjoyed a very successful CARIFESTA XII, last August. (more…)

CARIFESTA can lead to lasting relationships – Barbados Minister of Culture

Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley looking at metal artwork at CARIFESTA XII in Haiti. (BGIS)

Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, has called on participants in CARIFESTA to utilize the regional festival to develop long lasting cultural relationships between their respective countries.

Stressing that Caribbean countries needed to invest in the festival during its two week run and beyond, the Minister highlighted the need for participating countries to strive for long standing connections, adding that such is the purpose of the proposed Barbados/Haiti Cultural Agreement.

Haiti’s President H.E. Michel Martelly presents CARIFESTA Baton to Barbados Minister of Culture Hon. Stephen Lashley. Barbados will host the next CARIFESTA in 2017.

“We are very focused and keen on taking this beyond CARIFESTA. I think the legacy of CARIFESTA has to be about how we can concretise the outputs of this very important festival into a number of gains for each country”.


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