Celebrating Culture

Shoppers in Bridgetown were in for a treat yesterday as Broad Street came alive with the sounds of steel pan and other performances for the launch of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA).

Corporate Communications Specialist at the National Cultural Foundation, Simone Codrington, told Barbados TODAY the showcase was to “remind people that it is NIFCA and you need to come out and support our local talent”.

Steel pan players at the top of the Colonnade Mall for the launch of NIFCA

The public events began on Friday, and Codrington said “a little noise” was created to remind Barbadians that it’s that time of year again when local talent and creativity is celebrated.

Chief Cultural Officer Andrea Wells noted that the festival is also a unique medium for members of the community to creatively voice the issues affecting them and at the same time “build a level of appreciation and cohesiveness”.

“NIFCA we expect will play a role in creating the new plank of economic growth which seems to be fueled by our cultural industries, and therefore we are encouraging and developing our program to see it as a market to get our artists to try their works in the Barbadian market,” Wells said.

A young performer at yesterday’s NIFCA launch

She highlighted the importance of the festival saying, it aids in “celebrating our very own” and letting people be aware that we have so much to be proud about.

“The creativity and the imagination of this nation’s artists are really in good hands.”

This year’s programme of activities will culminate on November 22 with the NIFCA Performing Arts Gala. (KK)

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