CARIFESTA Comes To Barbados

Barbados will be the host country for the staging of the Caribbean Festival of Arts in 2017.

This year marks the 13th staging of the festival commonly known as CARIFESTA.

 The festival is an international multicultural event organized on a periodic basis by the countries of the Caribbean.

The main purpose the festival is to gather artists, musicians, and authors to exhibit the folkloric and artistic manifestations of the Caribbean and Latin American region.

A Caricom official recently commended Barbados for its preparations for Carifesta 13.

Program manager for Culture and Community Development at the Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown, says the island is “on a good track so far,” as it prepared to host the region’s largest arts festival.

Carifesta 13 is slated from August 17th to 27th. Barbados last hosted Carifesta in 1981.

Dr. Brown is part of the visiting interim festival directorate, an advisory committee of Caricom that meets to advise, guide, and make suggestions towards the development of Carifesta.

During a meeting with Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, Dr. Brown expressed her approval of Barbados’ plan to possibly expand on the grand market and buyers’ shopping mall model.

Nigel Belle, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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