Friday 3 April, 2020

Inaugural Bridgetown Arts Festival set for Saturday

The Bridgetown Arts Festival is set for March 14 at the Grand Salle

The Bridgetown Arts Festival is set for March 14 at the Grand Salle

As more focus is being placed on the arts as a viable means to help boost economic activity, .

Bridgetown International Arts Festival is set to take place this Saturday, March 14, 2020, in tandem with the Caribbean Fine Arts Fair (CAFA) and will be held at the Courtney Blackman Grande Salle, Central Bank, Barbados.

Festival director, Levi King gave some insight into what patrons can look forward to. 

“The Bridgetown International Arts Festival aims to become known as an artists’ arts festival, which engages contemporary and new artists from across the world, thus providing enriching, cross-cultural quality experiences through arts.”

The Festival's objectives include creating a national space and platform for art forms that are not privileged to be included in the annual Crop Over festival and at the same time promoting Bridgetown as a creative city.

Performers including the Alleyne School Pop Band, dancer Kemal Marshall, spoken word artiste Cyndi Marshall and Rhyminister, Lamarr ‘Buff Poet’ Coward, La Shawna Griffith, actor/writer/director Matthew Murrell, The Orchard Movement and new artist IHI. 

King said Barbados can benefit greatly from festivals of this kind. 

“The reasons for having festivals are clear: festivals are forms of celebration, they relieve stress, they provide an avenue for expression, for commerce, for economic development, the Bridgetown International Arts Festival is an annual event which will do all these things.”

“As a festival is produced by artists, the Bridgetown International Arts Festival will help the public to be reminded of the impact and importance of arts. It will also provide a forum for non-mainstream art forms; and allow the public to experience the Arts as expression and creativity, instead of in a competitive environment,”King said.

King also added the event will have an added focus on international participation so that Barbadian artists can share the stage with their counterparts from across the waters.

The festival will offer a great space for many in the art fraternity to shine outside Crop Over. 

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