Increased security for CARIFESTA XIII
With just a little over a week to go before Barbados hosts the region's most prestigious cultural extravaganza, Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, has given the assurance that there will be increased security at all the festival venues.
Lashley was speaking the day after a fatal shooting took place at the end of Grand Kadooment on the Spring Garden Highway. The incident resulted in one death and injuries to many other bystanders.
He noted the CARIFESTA Secretariat and the Culture Ministry, along with the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), have already established a plan to secure all the venues during the ten-day festival which runs from August 17 to 27.
“Even without this incident, CARIFESTA has always had a very sound security plan. All of the venues will have top-notch security, heightened security. There is a security plan in place, led by the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) that is involved in providing security.”
Last Friday, the Host Management Committee conducted site visits of the venues to be used which include Queen’s House, the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, Lester Vaughan School, Combermere School, Christ Church Foundation School and the Alexandra School.
Lashley said the Secretariat will be hosting another media briefing next Monday to provide final updates for CARIFESTA XIII.