Chase: Time for action
Speaking to the media after showcasing his costumes on Sunday at George Washington House, he said that it was time the Crop-Over Festival was taken to another level.
He also see the enactment of the Cultural Industries Bill as a step in the right direction.
“Once the stakeholders understand what [Crop-Over] means to Barbados and I’ve said this time and time again, we can take our festival from this level to the next. Everybody is saying this and everybody is saying that but in my other occupation as a Customs Broker, I believe that the introduction of the Cultural Industries Bill if this comes into law very shortly … will help in a great way to alleviate all the excesses, the red tape that you have, the duties that are on all of this stuff you see here [costumes].
“For instance, last year I spent US$10,000 bringing feathers into Barbados. I had to pay duty on that. When the Government realises that we as stakeholders are putting on a show that not only benefits us as entrepreneurs but benefits the country, I guess that’s the way forward.
“They have got to realise we are not begging for hand outs we’re contributing significantly to this festival and I believe that they’ve got to get up and smell the coffee. Too muck talk shows, every body as they come and as they go they do the same thing. We can, if we get together with all the stakeholders we can take the festival to another level,” he said.
The 11 year old band, which Chase said had a very good blend of young and older people, is highlighting the creatures of the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary in five sections. (DS)