Local Fantasy

Reifer now focused on producing costumes at home

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After six years of producing its costumes in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, the local masquerade band Fantasy has moved its full production to Barbados.

Managing Director of Fantasy Barbados Amanda Reifer made the announcement at a press conference earlier this week in which she spoke of the many challenges her band experienced in importing costumes from the twin island republic.

“Over the years we have had some challenges with shipping, having to fly costumes in, the whole production process, distribution and so forth and although we have managed to do our best in that aspect what we have realized is that it hasn’t really benefitted masquerade production in Barbados, so this year the band is moving [its] production home to Barbados,” explained Reifer.

Amanda Reifer, managing director of Fantasy showing off the costumes from Utopia.
Amanda Reifer, managing director of Fantasy showing off the costumes from Utopia.

However, the band will still be utilizing Trinidadian designers, even though Reifer sees new opportunities for interested Barbadians to learn about masquerade production and design.

“We have already reached out to Barbados Community College Fine Arts students and they will be interning at the band house,” Reifer said.

She also announced that two American celebrities will be jumping with Fantasy this year.

“The first celebrity who has agreed to come to Barbados for Crop Over [2016] is Naturi Naughton. You would know her as Tasha from the hit [American television] series Power, a very exciting series with lots of drama, and [she] and her entourage will be coming to Barbados between July 27th til Crop Over.

Naturi Naughton, known as Tasha on hit series Power, will be on the road with Fantasy Barbados come Grand Kadooment.
Naturi Naughton, known as Tasha on hit series Power, will be on the road with Fantasy Barbados come Grand Kadooment.

“We are also very excited to have Rotimi, his real name is Olurotimi Akinosho, as our second celebrity and you would also know him from Power, but you will mostly remember him from the Divergent series,” said an excited Reifer.

Rotimi was the second celebrity announced to join Fantasy Barbados on the road.
Rotimi was the second celebrity announced to join Fantasy Barbados on the road.

The band, which had previously welcomed American actress Columbus Short and international model Jourdan Dunn, has been promoting a concept of “celebrity culture tourism”, which has been endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, as well as the Ministry of Tourism.

“One of the key reasons why we [Fantasy Barbados] have been able to attract celebrities since 2014 is for our charity which is the HIV Food Bank of Barbados. The celebrities are here for the charity first and foremost. The idea is to draw attention and awareness on an international level, but also locally to the plight of persons living with HIV/AIDS that require basic sustenance through the HIV Food Bank,” added Reifer.

3 Responses to Local Fantasy

  1. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis July 16, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Amanda Reifer and her team continues to do an excellent job every year. They continue to provide high end customer service and wonderful packages. Keep up the good work

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  2. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis July 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I am glad production moved to Barbados. It would provide our people an opportunity to learn the art of masquerading design and production.

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  3. jrsmith July 16, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    About time Barbados for bajans…

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