The work and performances of Barbadians, who participated in this year’s National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), have been lauded by acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy.
Last night, Sealy congratulated all who participated and received awards for this year’s festival during the Gold Awards Ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s residence, Ilaro Court.
In his address, Sealy encouraged all to seize the opportunities provided through the festival, adding that he was very impressed with the level of talent on and off stage.
“I was truly blown away at what I experienced at the NIFCA Gala. I saw lots of talent all throughout. I know that you have worked hard and I want to congratulate you . . . what you are having now is an opportunity to really pursue a sincere career that can see you earn for your family and improve your life and your livelihood. And I think that is something we have to stick by and something that we should continue to do,” Sealy said.
He also pledged the Government’s support to NIFCA and the arts.
“The government really does believe in the cultural industries. We are seeing the cultural industry begin to soar in Barbados. I want to pledge the Government’s support for NIFCA, for the arts and for the tremendous work that they National Cultural Foundation is doing and for the leadership that the Ministry and the Minister of Culture are providing in this effort.”
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship went to Kwame Slusher who entered the festival in the Literary Arts Category. He received a gold award for his entry. The Prime Minister’s Award for Best Original NIFCA entry went to Dancin Africa for the Aisha Comissiong choreographed piece Black Lives Matter.