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Pageant with a difference

Pageant with a difference

Shireifa Joseph created history last weekend when she became the winner of the inaugural Miss Bajantics pageant. Themed Fun and Fitness Meets Charity, the pageant was one with a difference, merging the glitz and glamour of pageantry with the energy and discipline of dance and exercise. It made for one interesting, unique and definitely fun-filled […]

Govt still waiting on promoters, says Lashley

Govt still waiting on promoters, says Lashley

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley says he is still waiting on promoters to put their concerns in writing to him, surrounding Government’s 2014 decision to charge 17.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on complimentary tickets. “I would have met with several of the promoters before and I am very familiar with the issues that […]

Triple shot of Hennessy Artistry

Triple shot of Hennessy Artistry

It is costing promoters close to one million dollars to produce the highly anticipated Hennessy Artistry show, which comes off next month and will be held over three days instead of one. And the high price tag is a result of the headliner coming this year – US-based singer and songwriter Lauryn Hill. Jamaican reggae and dancehall […]

Show stopper

Show stopper

The vexing issue of Value Added Tax (VAT) on complimentary tickets at events is raising its head again, with promoters complaining it is driving them out of business. The entertainment fraternity has been trying unsuccessfully to have Government reverse a decision announced by the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) in July 2014, that “all complimentary items […]

Juniors shine

Juniors shine

Based on the performances on Monday night at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Junior Finals, it’s safe to say that the tradition of excellence will live on. The young ones were simply fantastic. The mixed disciplines final provided for an exciting and entertaining night. The 28 performances were spectacular and the children […]

A musical treat

A musical treat

The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Music finals were themed Crescendo! and the performances were on a “high note” in every form. The 23 performances explored various aspects of Barbadian culture in song, rhyme and rhythm. And many paid tribute to Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence. If Barbados was a person, he or […]

Theatre disappointments

Theatre disappointments

Is this it? Is this the best we have to offer in terms of theatre? These were just two of the questions I asked myself as I exited the Frank Collymore Hall on Sunday night following the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Theatre Arts Finals. It was an enjoyable night, yes! However, theatre […]

Two ‘Talented Teens’

Two ‘Talented Teens’

Miles Wilkinson and Reanne White are the winners of this year’s Barbados Talented Teen Pageant which came off last Saturday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The outcome was not much of surprise as, from the start of the show, the two Queen’s College students were clear crowd favorites. The QC posse, which came […]

Big beauties thrill audience

Big beauties thrill audience

Gale-Ann Williams is the winner of the 2016 Miss Big and Beautiful pageant. The 13th edition of the show, themed Undisputed Champions of Life, came off last Sunday evening at the Derrick Smith Vocational School, Jackmans, St Michael. It was well attended and the audience gave the six contestants thunderous applause and standing ovations for […]