Montserrat to attend CARIFESTA XIII


“…  It is imperative that we attend regional events not only to take part as performers, etc., but also to see what’s going on as so to gauge regional trends. What this does is inform us as to what our position is in the creative industries.” – Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, Chadd Cumberbatch
Montserrat is set to attend CARIFESTA 2017.

The 13th edition of CARIFESTA, short for Caribbean Festival of Arts, is scheduled for August 17th – 27th 2017 in the island of Barbados. The main purpose of the Festival is to gather artists, musicians and authors, and to exhibit the folkloric and artistic manifestations of the Caribbean region. There are also a number of learning and teaching opportunities presented at the Festival.

According to a release from the Montserrat Arts Council (MAC), the members of the delegation preparing to go to Barbados to represent Montserrat are local Entrepreneur, Christobel Daniel, artist Kelvin ‘Tabu’ Duberry, author and playwright Edgar Nkosi White, Tourism Representatives Rosetta West-Gerald and Cherise Aymer and Head of Planning & Production at MAC, Kenneth Silcott. The delegation will be headed by the Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, Chadd Cumberbatch.

Read more at: Discover Montserrat


Haitian delegation visits Barbados to prepare for CARIFESTA XIII

Haitian delegation
(L-R) Stephanie St. Louis and Philippe Dodard from Haiti, John Hunte Artistic Coordinator for Barbados, Andrea Wells Festival Director, Francine Charles Marketing Coordinator., Kim Butcher Programme Coordinator and David Reeves Logistics Coordinator for CARIFESTA XIII as they get down to fine tuning the details for the Haiti delegation.

As preparations for CARIFESTA XIII intensify, visiting delegations are also stepping up their plans to go to Barbados. Over the past weekend, the local CARIFESTA Secretariat welcomed a group from Haiti who visited the island to solidify plans for the upcoming Festival.

Phillippe Dodard Directeur General, Ecole Nationale Des Arts (Director General of the National Arts School) and Stephanie St. Louis Directrice à la Creation Artistique et Litteraire Ministére de la Culture (Director of Creative Art and Literature in the Ministry of Culture) met with Festival Director Andrea Wells and other local officials to firm up the plans for their own delegation which is expected to be between 80 and 100 persons.

At the meeting, they learnt of the programming for the 13th iteration of the Festival, and looked at locations where their delegation will be performing. The large contingent, which is going to be staggered in its attendance, will have persons coming in time to participate in the Opening Ceremony. Another group will head to Barbados for the Closing Ceremony. (more…)

CSME remains best vehicle for sustainable economic growth in the Region – CARICOM SG


SG Heads 2017Secretary General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, is of the view that the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is still the most viable way for sustainable development in the Region. He made this disclosure at the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government on Tuesday evening in Grenada. He said the task now was to ensure the private sector fully utilises its provisions.

“We must move to strengthen the enabling environment to support their efforts. Trade facilitation and the ease of doing business at the regional level are at least equally important as fiscal incentives. We must come to a conclusion on issues such as government procurement, harmonisation of customs rules and regulations and transparent harmonised sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Citing results from an Inter-American Development Bank study, the CARICOM Secretary-General explained that if the Region addressed challenges associated with regional transportation, inter-regional trade could be doubled. This, he said would have a positive effect on competitiveness and external trade as well as Member States’ ability to attract investment.  He also said that a new CARICOM Multilateral Air Services agreement – which will be an item on the Heads’ agenda – could result in reduced freight rates and passenger airfares and increase air transport services, leading to more options for consumers and expanded inter-regional tourism.

Another topic on the agenda for the Heads of Government will be the Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy. Secretary-General LaRocque said the Commission on Human Resource Development would present the Strategy, which will address the development of skills for the 21st century economy and society. He said that the important factor in education and training was providing employable skills, opening the mind to identify opportunities and encouraging the process of lifelong learning. According to him, the plan was to have a globally competitive innovative and seamlessly integrated education system for the Region by 2030. (more…)


CARIFESTA XIII – Regional musicians to showcase for international buyers


Musicians from around the Region will have the unique opportunity to display their talent for International buyers and promoters when the CARIFESTA XIII Music Showcase comes off at the Grand Market and Buyers Shopping Mall at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) from August 19th to 26th 2017. Another innovation for CARIFESTA XIII, this showcase offers the opportunity for Caribbean original works of music to be performed before a number of international music buyers who have been especially invited to the Festival to expose them to the vast array of talented musicians we have among us in this Region.

The Garden Green at LESC has been set aside for this purpose during the 10-day Festival and musicians are invited to submit a recording of their work to be able to take advantage of this opportunity where there will be daily shows which the buyers will be attending. Patrons are also invited to view these shows to assist the performers with a live audience as the buyers listen in. Submission details are available on the website but persons wishing to register are expected to have:
1. Written work that has been recorded and performed in public
2. Written work that has been recorded and published in any of the forms (electronic or non-electronic).

Potential participants are also required to upload samples of their published music and upload their Electronic Press Kits for registration. The music must be original. Covers will not be accepted. Musicians will be at an advantage if they are a member of a copyright society. There is no cost to enter the showcase, however musicians are responsible for their own costs to attend the showcase. Backline equipment and technical support will be provided. Musicians are encouraged to submit the registration form found here (copy and paste in a browser): mall/register-now/ by June 30th, 2017.

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