NIFCA winners for England

Ten lucky former National Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) award winners will be heading to London shortly to take Barbados culture to the world.

 The group will be heading to the Museum of Dockland. They will present a 45-minute production entitled South! Buhbayduss Ah Come From under the heading of HELLO LONDON! HELLO BARBADOS! The group will also conduct four workshops in dance, poetry and song.

NIFCA award winners pose with Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Stephen Lashley (centre), and the National Cultural Foundation’s Cultural Officer Andrea Wells (left), Chairman  Maureen Graham (right), and CEO Cranston Browne (seated below).
NIFCA award winners pose with Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Stephen Lashley (seated, second left), and the National Cultural Foundation’s Cultural Officer Andrea Wells (seated, left), Chairman Maureen Graham (seated, second right), and CEO Cranston Browne (seated, right).

 Making the announcement at the Ministry of Culture on Monday, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Stephen Lashley, said he was proud to launch the project, as he believed NIFCA was a product which could be exported to the world, should be seen in a different light and taken more seriously.

 “I’m very excited about this because for some time, I have been asking the NCF to look at NIFCA in a completely different light. We have a product that can be exported to the rest of the world and can go a long way in helping Barbados to develop more,” Lashley said.

 The musical theatre presentation will feature aspects of past Barbadian life. Along with the performing arts, Barbadian craft and culinary workshops will be offered for families attending the festival.

 The visit by the Barbadian group coincides with the museum’s annual Family Festival weekend on August 13-14.

3 Responses to NIFCA winners for England

  1. Sue Donym August 11, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Please explain. Another publicly funded jaunt?
    If we want to show Barbados to the world, while the gov’t complains about being able to afford less for its citizens, why not start with that part of the world that comes to us?

    This decision means that we go to a little corner of one country. Why not a show or series that allows visitors from multiple countries to see talents showcased here? Craft experiences can be arranged at Pelican Village, for example. Culinary workshops can be richly enhanced by seeing breadfruit picked and pickled; bananas viewed as they grow; yams as they come fresh from the ground etc.

    Wouldn’t a Bajan location be a less expensive option? Or are we being invited and funded by well wishers in London?

  2. Ken R. Smith August 19, 2016 at 6:09 am

    It was a pleasure to see the NIFCA Delegation performing at the Docklands London Museum. Feedback from all and Sundry who were there has been extremely positive, from us Bajans in the diaspora and the different nationalities from all over Europe, who were there. I’m sure that event alone gave at least 5000 people, another reason, other than Crop Over to visit Barbados, the paradise we call home.
    It’s my wish that the NCF continues to market our culture all over the world, we can no longer sit on our behinds and believe that sun and sea can entice visitors to our shores.

  3. Joe Chin August 22, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Sue Donym, your examples are a bit like preaching to the choir. Yes, they could do those things in Barbados but what would be the point. I’m sure bajans are already familiar with Bajan culture.

    I’ve visited Barbados, I think it is a wonderful, beautiful country. Of all the islands I’ve visited the warmest welcome came from Barbados. Now, I made it a point to visit Barbados. Other tourists, who are on the fence, may not see a visit in the same light. You have Bahamas, St Lucia, St. Vincent, and the BVIs also pursuing the same tourists’ dollars. A slick television campaign will get you more viewers and some interest, but, from my experience, an actual visit, a handshakre, or a hug leaves a lasting impression.


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