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Seven artistes heading to China

An 11-member delegation leaves Barbados on Sunday for the People’s Republic of China for a visit, which officials are calling the first of its kind.

Seven artistes will accompany Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley on the official trip, among them Cultural Ambassador Anthony Gabby Carter, and film-maker Lisa Harewood.

Stephen Lashley

Stephen Lashley

The artistes, who were recommended by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), are due to take part in the Latin America And Caribbean Arts Festival in which ten countries are scheduled to participate.

“We couldn’t take as many as we wanted to. Therefore, we felt that we would carry those artistes who would represent our culture in terms of our music and would be able to cross over. So we have the Mighty Gabby who can represent us in calypso, folk, jazz; and we have Nikita who’s also a cross-over artist. She can sing R&B and calypso,” NCF CEO Cranston Browne told a media conference today. He will also be part of the team.

Might Gabby

Mighty Gabby

The other members are musicians Stefan Walcott and Andre Forde, craftsperson and jeweler Angela Went, and dancer Gene Carson.

During the visit, Lashley, said he would hold high-level talks with his Chinese counterpart on issues relating to culture and the preservation and conservation of national sites.

The minister also disclosed plans to sign a letter of intent with Chinese officials.

China’s Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke described the visit as very important to the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The delegation is due to return to the island on May 5.


3 Responses to Seven artistes heading to China

  1. Michael A Clarke
    Michael A Clarke April 26, 2014 at 10:34 am

    But the Calvacades get cancelled.???

  2. Heather Dottin-Bancroft
    Heather Dottin-Bancroft April 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I would really like to know how much money this costing us, the tax payers and how is it going to help our economy.

  3. Enam Idrissa
    Enam Idrissa April 27, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Im sure barbadian delegations have gone to china before :S


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