Three-day Suriname Art Expo underway at Umana Yana, Guyana

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Art enthusiasts in Guyana now have the opportunity to see the work of artists from Suriname at the Suriname Art Expo which is being held at the Umana Yana Georgetown Guyana.

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.

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Mega shopping mall for CARIFESTA XIII

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A composite photo of some of the items expected to be showcased at the CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall. (Photo via Barbados Today)
A composite photo of some of the items expected to be showcased at the CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall. (Photo via Barbados Today)

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.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency has also invited a number of buyers who will be seeking Caribbean products for world markets.

Read more at: Barbados Today

CARIFESTA plans moving apace

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Plans for the staging of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) in Barbados later this year are moving apace. Hear more about the plans in this clip featuring Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley:

Lashley: CARIFESTA XIII will bring lasting change to Barbados

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Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, and Consultant Architect for the CARIFESTA XIII renovations and building projects, Michael Lashley, lead the tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations. (Photo by Weekes via BGIS)
Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, and Consultant Architect for the CARIFESTA XIII renovations and building projects, Michael Lashley, lead the tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations. (Photo by Weekes via BGIS)

CARIFESTA XIII is expected to have a long lasting impact on cultural industries in Barbados.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, expressed this view during a recent tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations.

While speaking to the Barbados Government Information Service during the all- day tour of the various locations, Mr. Lashley stated that the scheduled renovations for the various locations would be the “legacy” of CARIFESTA in Barbados.

“The schools that we have earmarked for CARIFESTA, all of them have halls that have been used or are being used for events of various kinds. Many of these facilities would not have been upgraded over the past couple of years…the schools that will benefit from upgrades will certainly be in a better position to do much more…,” he noted.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

Barbados gets ready for CARIFESTA

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Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Culture Rhonda Greenidge (centre) holds the attention of the Director of the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority Andrea King (left) and Chief Cultural Officer at the NCF Andrea Wells (right). (Photo via Barbados Today)
Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Culture Rhonda Greenidge (centre) holds the attention of the Director of the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority Andrea King (left) and Chief Cultural Officer at the NCF Andrea Wells (right). (Photo via Barbados Today)

(Barbados Today) Barbados is pumping millions into hosting the 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) this summer, just weeks after this year’s Crop Over Festival, with renovations to performing venues on the cards and social media being used as a key tool to drive people here.

Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Stephen Lashley said a budget of $8 million – $2 million for renovations to performing venues such as the Combermere School, St Leonard’s Secondary, Alexandra and Christ Church Foundation School and another $6 million for the execution of the 11-day festival – have been already earmarked by ministry officials.

Addressing the media at his Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael office today, Lashley said planners expect about 3 000 artistes and artisans to converge on Barbados for the August 17-27 festival that has been given the sobriquet, the cultural Olympics of the region.

Read more at: Barbados Today