To HIV-affected with love

It was all about one love and one hope when the annual Love, Poetry And Song event came off at the Old Fort at the Hilton Barbados Resort last Saturday night.

And it was quite fitting that –– for the first time –– this event geared towards having love for those suffering or affected by HIV, and saying no to gender-based violence, fell on Valentine’s Day.

Hundreds of couples, families armed with blankets and chairs, and many of the ladies, with fresh roses in hand, packed the grounds –– not seemingly fazed by the vast difference from the previous location of the lush grounds of
Ilaro Court.

Organizer Lisa Bailey told Bajan Vibes that even though there was a change in venue, patrons still enjoyed themselves to the fullest in their
own way.

“This event fell on Valentine’s Night, and we have never had that happen before. So we decided to dub it the Lovers Edition. We had to move the show because of monetary restrictions; so we were looking for a place to call home this year. And when we approached them, they knew the brand; they love the brand; and they were happy to welcome us here.

“It’s a bit different. We thought it would be more of a dance night, but people made the event what they wanted it to be . . . ,” she said.

The hundreds who brought with them their $25 contribution and food items for the HIV/AIDS Food Bank were treated to the sweet sounds of Biggie Irie, Imani, DJ Simmons, Simon Pipe, Adrian Green, Jamal Slocombe, Nexcyx and others. There was something in the mix for everyone; patrons thoroughly enjoyed themselves; and not even intermittent showers could stop the vibe.

Nexcyx was fantastic at Love, Poetry And Song.
Nexcyx was fantastic at Love, Poetry And Song.
DJ Simmons and Adrian Green taking a break during their set.
DJ Simmons and Adrian Green taking a break during their set.

The crowd even got up and partied when instructed to by Biggie Irie, who performed a repertoire of songs including his 2014 hit Pankatang.

Biggie Irie
Biggie Irie

Organizer Bailey was grateful to Barbadians for their continued support of a cause so important.

“The response has been amazing, and we want to thank Barbados for coming out and supporting. Over the last three years we have raised over $68 000 and about 35 barrels of food, and we cant wait to see the count tonight. We just want to thank you because the food bank needs your help and not just in February. We need your help all year round,” she said.

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