Awarded for excellence

Janine White’s body paid off for her.

Janine White’s troublesome body landed her the coveted Prime Minister’s Scholarship.

The Gold Award winner in this year’s NIFCA, performed a dramatic piece titled This Body is Not Mine that delighted audiences whenever she performed it.

The participant for three years also shared the award with visual artist Anya Stephen, who entered fine arts pieces titled Impressions of Underground and Jazz Club-Miles Davis.

They were among the awardees who were presented with their plaques, trophies and certificates yesterday evening in a ceremony held at Ilaro Court, the Prime Minister’s official residence.

Audrey Watson was also presented with the Prime Minister’s Award for Best Original NIFCA Entry for her Cassava Steamed Pudding with Pickled Saltfish which was entered in the culinary arts category.

In his address, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley said that since NIFCA started back in November 1973, it has been the “proverbial canvas on which artistes have created their own various masterpieces in multiple genres and disciplines”.

“They have created these in the Performing Arts, Literary, Culinary and Visual Arts and in Film and Photography. At the conclusion of each season, participants have all grown in knowledge and skill and those whose works have been recognised and rewarded can be proud of their national achievement.

“As we make the call for our citizens to be creative and resourceful generally and even more so in these times of economic challenges, it is the artiste who most certainly feels adequately equipped to face the future, since many will tell us of the times they had to endure, persevering with the will to triumph above all odds. Barbados is not immune to the economic throes in which the world is caught and consequently, as proud Barbadians we must exploit every opportunity to gain from what we produce, for the benefit of ourselves and our society. NIFCA evidently creates a wonderful opportunity for you to expose your creative products and services.

“The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, a national jewel of many facets, provides a place for artistic practitioners to continually hone their skills and show the world how our artistes speak to their nation. Using this festival as a springboard our artistes, possessing much intellectual prowess and obvious talent, can first market their craft domestically and via this exposure move on to exploit international markets,” Lashley said.

The awards ceremony officially brought the curtain down on the 39th edition of the festival. (DS)

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