CARICOM pleased with current stage of preparations for CARIFESTA XIV

Representatives from Trinidad and Tobago at the 26th RCC Meeting held in Georgetown, Guyana recently
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2019 is the year of the Two C’s, Carnival and CARIFESTA! This is according to Trinidad and Tobago which will be hosting the fourteenth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts in August 2019.

Representatives of the Trinbagonian CARIFESTA XIV planning committee provided the Twenty-Sixth Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) Meeting with an update on the planning for the upcoming mega cultural festival, which is held every two years. The RCC Meeting was held June 25-26, 2018, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown, said that based on the report given at the meeting, the Secretariat was pleased with the level of preparations for the Festival, so far. Watch the clip below for more details on the plans for CARIFESTA XIV:


The Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts (CARIFESTA) was conceived out of an appeal from a regional gathering of artists who were at the time participating in a Writers and Artists Convention in Georgetown, Guyana in 1970 and which coincided with Guyana’s move to Republican Status. The regional creative festival was first held in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1972, attracting creative artistes from more than 30 Caribbean and Latin American countries. It is a celebration of the ethnic and racial diversity which separately and collectively created cultural expressions that are wonderfully unique to the Caribbean. The CARICOM Member States that have hosted this culturally iconic event are: Guyana (1972, 2008), Jamaica (1976), Barbados (1981, 2017), Trinidad and Tobago (1992, 1995, 2006), St. Kitts and Nevis (2000), Suriname (2003, 2013) and Haiti (2015). The Festival was held in Cuba in 1979.

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