11 countries confirmed for CARIFESTA XIV before February 14 registration deadline

Throwback: Marge Blackman performing one of the CARIFESTA XIV jingles at the launch ceremony last year (Photo by Jeff Mayers)
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With seven months to go until CARIFESTA XIV, carded for August 16-25, 2019, in Trinidad and Tobago, 11 Caribbean Member States and five Associate Members, of 19 invited have already registered. This is considered by many to be unprecedented in recent years. An official invitation to participate in the Festival was issued on December 7, 2018, and by the end of 2018, seven territories had already secured their place at this premier festival of the arts.

February 14, 2019, is the registration deadline given to the delegations, and to date, the following countries all have confirmed their attendance:

Member States:                                           

Jamaica                       Barbados

Dominica                     Saint Lucia

Guyana                        St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Montserrat                  St. Kitts Nevis

Associate Member States:

Anguilla

Cayman Islands

Turks and Caicos

Dr. Hilary Browne, Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development, CARICOM, who has been involved in the last five festivals and visited Trinidad and Tobago for the official launch of CARIFESTA in October 2018, said “Trinidad and Tobago is doing a tremendous job in preparing for the festival.” She commended the organising committee, indicating that “the level of preparation is ahead of any she has seen so far.”

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The CARIFESTA Secretariat has been working closely with CARICOM and each delegation to ensure this 14th installment of the festival exceeds expectations.

The Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) showcases a multi-talented cultural display in the visual and literary arts, storytelling, fashion, body art, craft, theatre, dance, music, film and new media from participating countries from the region and diaspora. For more than four decades, CARIFESTA has been a catalyst for the strengthening of regional integration among Caribbean countries, artisans and cultural practitioners. Over the years, Caribbean nations have actively participated in the festival and used it as a catalyst to promote the arts and culture of their country. The festival is therefore a launching pad for the Caribbean to take centre-stage; bringing rich, vibrant, thought-provoking and exhilarating expressions of talent and skill to the world.

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