Category: Culture

‘CARIFESTA will bring in foreign exchange’

Government is hoping that the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) scheduled to be held here from August 17-27 will help take a bite from the crippling foreign exchange deficit. With some 3,000 artistes from 27 countries expected here for the festival, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley said it was important to recognize that the cultural […]

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Pinelands appeals for financial support

Chief Executive Officer of Pinelands Creative Workshop (PCW) Rodney Grant says the organization needs significant investment if it is to truly benefit Barbadian youth. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the relaunch of the cultural show 1627 And All That, Grant said that despite winning many awards at the National Independence Festival of […]

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‘We are still enslaved’

Eighty years after the 1937 riots, an Opposition Parliamentarian has charged that Barbados is still not fully emancipated. Barbados Labour Party representative for St Michael East Trevor Prescod levelled the charge Wednesday morning while contending that a lot of confusion currently exists in the country. Prescod specifically highlighted Monday’s massive demonstration against the recently hiked […]

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Role for communities in CARIFESTA

CARIFESTA XIII is expected to have major investment at the community level. That’s the view of Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley who said Barbadian communities are expected to play a significant role in the coming arts festival. Addressing the official launch of the Community Independence Celebrations at King George V Memorial Park last Saturday, he said […]

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Lashley wants to meet BAM

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley may not have any monetary relief to give to the Kadooment masquerade bands this year, but that does not mean he cannot meet with them to discuss their concerns. “I always say that when we have issues we will sit down and work them out,” said Lashley, in an address […]

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Money jam

The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and the Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM) have reached a stalemate in a row over financial support for the upcoming Crop Over season, with Grand Kadooment likely to be the collateral victim. The NCF has made it clear that it simply cannot afford to increase subventions to the bandleaders, or […]

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African awareness alive at Maria Holder

The adorable three and four-year-olds at Maria Holder Nursery School took the spotlight yesterday as they celebrated African Awareness Day. Before beaming parents and guardians, as well as the proud teachers of the school whose hard word showed in their performances, the children thrilled the packed school hall with their songs and dance. After an initial […]

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No 2017 Grammy wins for RiRi

Barbadian Rihanna went home empty-handed tonight, as British singer Adele and a very pregnant Beyonce stole the spotlight at the 59th annual Grammy Awards show. Rihanna, who already has eight Grammys to her name, was nominated in eight categories this year. However, the night clearly belonged to Adele, who copped the coveted album of the year with ’25’. […]

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Sharon Primary start off African celebrations

The pupils of the Sharon Primary School got their African Awareness month celebrations off to a start this morning at the Sharon Moravian Church in a special service dubbed African Assembly. Led by historian Trevor Marshall, he took the students on a journey, giving them insight in to their culture and reminded them why it […]

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Dying art

The death rattle appears to be sounding from the art forms of limbo dancing and fire eating, as well as tuk music, with fewer than ten people estimated to be practising these forms of entertainment here. And if the response to a series of workshops organized by Ruk-A-Tuk Inc in association with the Ministry of […]

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Barbados loses a maestro

The music fraternity awoke this morning to the sad news of the death of Barbadian maestro Adrian Boo Husbands. The veteran musician and late manager of the Headliners Tent was also a teacher and cultural industries consultant. As news spread of his passing, several local entertainers took to social media to express condolences, with Anderson Blood Armstrong […]

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Literary contest dogged by plagiarism

Plagiarism has raised its ugly head in Barbados’ premiere creative writing competition, the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment (FCLE), according to chairman of judges Antonio ‘Boo’ Rudder. Speaking at the 2016 awards ceremony, he gave several examples of immaturity in the submissions, while indicating that one or more of the budding authors had copied the writing […]

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We pledge allegiance

The work of more than 50 Barbadian artists is about to go on display at the Manor Lodge Pop-Up Gallery #1 Manor Lodge, Green Hill St Michael. The exhibit, entitled “We Pledge Allegiance”, has been commissioned by the Elcock Group of Companies as a tribute to Barbados’ 50th year of Independence. Here, group representative Adrian […]

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NIFCA slammed as a ‘farce’

Chief Executive Officer of the Pinelands Creative Workshop (PCW) Rodney Grant has described as a ‘farce”, the recently concluded National Independent Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA). In a stinging criticism of the event, the cultural advocate questioned the authenticity of the indigenous cultural currency offered by the premier performing arts festival. Speaking at a PCW […]

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‘Barbados’ cultural industry missing out on billions’

Barbados may be missing out on its share of a near $US200 billion global cultural trade due to its continued failure to preserve, formalize and market its indigenous products, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said. Dr Byer-Suckoo told a seminar conducted by the Pineland’s Creative Workshop Monday, the losses would continue until the cultural […]

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Flash for 50  

With only 50 days left until Barbados celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Independence, the Independence Secretariat organized a flash mob in the City today. Performers surprised shoppers with a dance in the middle of Broad Street to Lil Rick’s popular Iz A Bajan. Several people paused and watched the dance, cheering and singing along with the music. Onlookers were further […]

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Mixed fortunes

Operators of small and medium sized enterprises have been giving mixed reviews about the state of business in Barbados. Some of them spoke to Barbados TODAY when they and other Small Business Association (SBA) members and officials took a trip around the island thursday, introducing their products and services to Barbadians. The occasion was the […]

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