Caribbean Fashion Designers meet with Italian Fashion Industry Experts at CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados

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Fashion designers participating in the Fashion component at the recently held CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados had an opportunity to meet with Italian fashion industry experts and benefit from fashion workshops, fashion shows and business meetings.Cxii_cc_logo

The event, which took place in the CARIFESTA XIII Buyers Shopping Mall at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre from 21-25 August 2017, was facilitated by the CARICOM Secretariat with support from the Government of Italy.cxii_carifesta_logo

The CARICOM – Italy project, valued at US$45,600, brought Caribbean fashion designers and manufacturers and Italian fashion industry experts together to forge new avenues for cooperation and partnership and provide opportunities for the professional development of Caribbean fashion designers and manufacturers.

The focus was on expanding opportunities for training, technological exchange and participation in international fashion shows and events in Italy. The project brought three Italian fashion industry experts to CARIFESTA XIII and provided financial support to ten Caribbean fashion designers in the areas of apparel, jewellery, hats and other accessories.cxii_logocxii_cna_logo

Project staff of the CARICOM Secretariat collaborated closely with the Host Country Fashion Team at CARIFESTA XIII in organising the exhibition, fashion shows, workshops/presentations and business meetings.

On 21 and 22 August, the Italian experts gave presentations focused on “The Fashion System in the International Competition – The Italian Experience – The added value of the supply chain” by Antonio Franceschini, Secretary General CNA Federmoda, an Italian Association of 25,000 small and medium enterprises, with more than 1,000 offices throughout the country.   Roberto Corbelli, Italian fashion industry expert and producer of fashion events, presented on various fashion trends and scenarios. Daniela Cattaneo, pattern designer delivered a presentation on 24 August entitled “Pattern Making 2.0” and a subsequent workshop was held on 25 August on Pattern Making. (more…)

CARIFESTA XIII ends in true Regional integration style

Barbados’ Minister of Culture Hon. Stephen Lashley passes on the CARIFESTA Baton to Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Community Development and Culture Dr. the Hon. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly,

The Region’s cultural performers transformed the Kensington Oval in Barbados into a sea of Regional integration as they brought the curtains down on CARIFESTA XIII, Sunday night.  The Closing Ceremony for the ten-day festival featured performances from some of the region’s top music and dance groups, steel bands, and individual artistes, while delegates and patrons partied to the regional cultural mix.

Kensington Oval, Barbados – Closing Ceremony

Headlining attendance at the ceremony were Barbados’ Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hon Stephen Lashley, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Community Development and Culture Dr. the Hon. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, and Assistant Secretary General for Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater.

Dr.  Slater, in remarks delivered on behalf of CARICOM Secretary General  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  thanked the Government and people of Barbados for their hospitality in hosting the event. Noting that organizing an event of the magnitude of CARIFESTA was a major undertaking, he congratulated the Minister of Culture and his team for doing so successfully,   especially having to overcome the challenge of Tropical Storm Harvey, which brought heavy rains to the island and forced the postponement of the August 18th Opening Ceremony.

Assistant Secretary-General HSD, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater addresses the Closing Ceremony

Dr. Slater said an important legacy of CARIFESTA XIII was the way in which Barbados has placed the development of Regional cultural and creative industries at the centre of the festival through the Grand Market and Buyers Shopping Mall.

“Barbados has further expanded the concept of the Caribbean market place for the arts which was introduced in CARIFESTA XI in Suriname 2013.”

Minister Lashley, in his remarks, pointed to the opportunities created from the presence of more than 20 regional and international buyers as a measure of the festival’s success. The Minister    handed over the CARIFESTA baton to his Trinidadian counterpart, Minister Gadsby-Dolly. Trinidad and Tobago will host CARIFESTA XIV in 2019 under the theme “The Tangible and Intangible, Connect Share and Invest”.

Patrons were then given an early taste of what to expect at CARIFESTA XIV. The ceremony ended with performances from several Barbadian artistes including new cultural ambassadors Allison Hinds and Red Plastic Bag.