Lashley: NIFCA Ensemble on the right track  

 The time has come for Barbadian talent to be given every opportunity to reach the world stage.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley expressed that sentiment at a press conference yesterday, while launching the tour of the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Ensemble.

Praising the NCF for its efforts to take Barbadian talent global, the Culture Minister noted that he was very pleased with that organization’s decision to further invest in young local talent through the recently-formed NIFCA Youth Ensemble.

Adding that over the years NIFCA has produced some of the island’s most exciting performances, Lashley said the talent must be showcased outside the country.

“For some time now, I have been asking the NCF to look at NIFCA in a completely different light . . .[NIFCA has the] potential to excite the rest of the world; [it is] a product that can be exported to the rest of the world
. . .we have a mission to develop the export potential of the sector,” the minister stressed.

The NCF’s NIFCA Ensemble comprises 21 past award winners, and is designed to train and connect performing artists with the correct markets for their skills.

For their first tour, 10 of the 21 performers will visit an annual Family Festival hosted by the Museum of Docklands, London. There, they will present a 45-minute production entitled South! Buhbayduss Ah Come From! as well as four workshops on various Barbadian art forms. 

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