Passion for music; War on tax
The National Independence Festival Of Creative Arts (NIFCA) was the order of the month. As usual, Barbadians participated, exhibiting their many talents –– for which several were rewarded.
The dancers had their moment before the judges, performing to a packed audience at Frank Collymore Hall, under the theme Mind, Body And Soul.
All going for gold, each performer stamped his or her authority onstage before a very appreciative audience, addressing everyday realities and very prominent issues. Each performance told its own story, some with greater clarity than others, but all with equal passion.
The Theatre Arts And Music finalists all showed up to impress, making it a well rounded NIFCA finals, even with better works in previous years.
And one of the groups that thoroughly impressed was the CP Choir. And just how does it do it year after year? We caught up with choir director Marlon Legall who told us how.
“The strategy so far for me has been passion; love for what we do. And I think the other secret is consistency. These children, they want to sing. They want to be a part of something.
“I’m to the point now where I don’t call rehearsals. They stop after school and tell me they are going to practise. Because the passion is there now,” the young choir director said.
And calypsonian TC, in light of Independence, told Barbadians they must fight for their country.
And the entertainers are themselves fighting for their best interest. A group of over 30 people met with Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley at his office in Haggatt Hall, St Michael, to discuss their concerns.
According to a source, various interest groups that made up a coalition of the affected did not plan to sit idly by and allow the process to continue without a fight.
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler responded. Salacious foolishness is how Sinckler dismissed suggestions coming from within the local entertainment fraternity that he had turned a blind eye to their concerns about taxation.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Sinckler also responded to reports that members of the entertainment fraternity were plotting an offensive against the imposition of the 17.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on the industry, which they contend could be catastrophic should it be allowed.
He made it clear that while Government would be going to Parliament on December 15 to formalize the current arrangements under the VAT Act, the amendments were nothing new.
In fact, he pointed our that “public entertainment has always been taxed and was always intended to be taxed since the inception of the VAT”.