Saturday 17 November, 2018

NCF seeking to revamp Bridgetown Market

Dancers at the launch of First Citizens Xplosion in The City.

Dancers at the launch of First Citizens Xplosion in The City.

The dwindling number of patrons attending the Bridgetown Market has no doubt caught the attention of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) as they have announced plans to revamp the event.  

This was announced by Festival Producer, Alison Sealy-Smith during an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the First Citizens Xplosion launch on Friday.  

Sealy-Smith said the NCF will be making changes to some of the major areas of the 2018 Crop Over Festival and Bridgetown Market is included in those changes.  

"If those plans come to fruition, as it is looking that they will, there are going to be some changes for Bridgetown Market that are going to be very exciting." 

Sealy-Smith declined to comment on what form the changes will take for the street fair which takes place the weekend before Grand Kadooment, only saying the NCF is "going to make some memories". 

She said another major focus for the NCF will be the increase of police presence at events. She said security is paramount for the NCF and they will ensure the First Citizens Xplosion, scheduled for June 2 at the King George V Memorial Park, is safe for all patrons.  

"Lines will be checked....there are always some things that are outside of our control but everything that the NCF can do to make sure that that event is safe, we are going to do."  

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and first responders will also be on hand at the opening event of the festival.