Crop Over launched
A potpourri of culture was on show on the streets of Bridgetown last evening as the National Cultural Foundation in association with Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited hosted the Crop Over City Fest and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes.
Hundreds of Barbadians attended activities held between Jubilee Gardens and Heroes Square in front of the Parliament Building. There were gospel concerts, gaming areas, a skate park and a fashion show.
The highlight of the evening was the parade through the streets of Bridgetown by a number of groups, including members of the Sons of God Apostolic Church [Spiritual Baptist], the 151-year-old Barbados Landship Association, Dancing Africa, various stilt walkers, tuk bands, and other characters.
Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley noted that Crop Over symbolized the island’s cultural heritage, and presented enough creative space to celebrate its many facets.
Speaking during the official launch of the festival, he noted that the decision to stage the opening ceremony at the end of June in the heart of Historic Bridgetown was not accidental, “but rather one of the initiatives the Ministry, through the National Cultural Foundation will be pursuing to develop Bridgetown into a cultural hub. To this end, we are currently planning what would be known as the Bridgetown Arts Festival.
“This will be hosted early in the New Year and will feature cultural expression at its best along the streets of the city and within the cultural venues located within the UNESCO property. Events such as the Bridgetown Arts Festival will enliven Bridgetown and increase commercial activity,” Lashley said.