Promise of support for cultural industries

No stone will be left unturned when it comes to exploiting opportunities to grow the cultural industries in Barbados.

That assurance was given last night by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Culture Ruth Blackman as she called for more investment in the sector.

She was addressing the Culinary Fusion production at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, a fusion of local and Newfoundland, Labrador, Canada cuisine with a music component.

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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Culture Ruth Blackman

“I want you to know that our doors are always open and we are always interested in events and activities and investments that will boost the cultural industries, because it is one of our chosen pillars for economic development. Therefore, we will leave no stone unturned in terms of exploiting what opportunities come our way,” Blackman said in delivering remarks on behalf of Minister Stephen Lashley.

“Apart from food and music we are hearing about film. In Barbados we have a budding film industry and I think activities like this would help us to boost what we are trying to do, and we believe in things like co-production.”

Blackman said the event was “very timely”, in light of the recently proclaimed Cultural Industries Development Act which provides incentives for investors.

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