Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Explosion of creativity, culture at CARIFESTA XIII

CARIFESTA XIII runs from August 17- 27 is packed with dance, theatre, film and literary and visual arts presentations.

CARIFESTA XIII runs from August 17- 27 is packed with dance, theatre, film and literary and visual arts presentations.

Ten days of Caribbean theatre, dance, film, arts and eats will be available for all when CARIFESTA XIII comes off in Barbados next month.

The CARIFESTA program, which runs from August 17-27, is packed with events, many of them taking place simultaneously at various venues across the island.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley spoke on updates of the festival during a press briefing on Monday where he noted the preparations for the festival are on time. He said the response to the volunteer recruitment programme has been good and the CARIFESTA Secretariat has been able to gather almost 400 persons. He said the equipment needed to outfit the venues, which include school halls as well as recognised art spaces on the island, has just recently arrived and venue preparation will commence this week.

The spotlight will be on Kensington Oval on August 18 for the Opening Ceremony where Barbados and 22 countries will give a taste of what is to come during the festival.

John Hunte, Festival Artistic Director, spoke on the details of the ceremony which will begin at Queen’s Park and see all the delegates, decked out in the traditional garb of their countries, parade through the streets of Bridgetown to Kensington Oval.

Hunte said the event will take on an ‘Olympic-style atmosphere’ with the entrance of the flags by the delegates after which there will be welcome remarks by CARICOM Secretary, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, followed by the official opening remarks to be delivered by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.  

The presentation by the Barbadian delegation will be featured under the theme ‘Return to the Village’ and includes all major dance groups on island. The entry into the Opening Ceremony is free with a ticket which can be collected from the CARIFESTA Secretariat at the Ministry of Culture Office in Sky Mall.

From August 19 to 26 there will be a plethora of main and community performances, some of which are free and others range between $10 and $50.

Organisers have reported that the support from the region is strong, especially so from Haiti and the French-speaking islands. The featured acts of out Haiti include Boukman Eksperyans, former President of Haiti, Michel ‘Sweet Micky Martelly and out of Guadeloupe, Cou Cou Stick.

For those in the literary arts niche, August 19-23 is set aside for the Symposium which includes panel discussions, presentations, readings and book launches at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The penultimate day of the Festival will feature a superconcert under the theme ‘Caribbean Comedy Show’ at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.  

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