A taste of Bajan village life for CARIFESTA

The talents of people from a rural community in St John will be on display during this year’s Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA).

They will be in the spotlight during A Taste of Bajan Village Life, a fringe event of the August 18-27 CARIFESTA XIII.

From left: members of the planning committee of The Islands Incentives and Meetings, Terian Reid and Cheryl Walrond.

The free event, which will be held on August 26 in Hothersal, St John, is being hosted by The Islands Incentives and Meetings Inc. in partnership with the Community Development Department. It will allow people who have undertaken programmes at the Gall Hill Resource Centre to show off what they have learned.

Speaking at a press launch yesterday at the resource centre, programme coordinator at the Community Development Department Bridgette Marshall-Griffith said some of the work which will be displayed at CARIFESTA will be from graduates of various programmes, including art graduates who will exhibit more than 100 pieces and give live demonstrations.

They will also be seeking to generate income by selling their creations.

Pedro Taitt, a tutor at the Gall Hill Resource Centre, said some of his students had exceptional talent and he was amazed at the art that they created, as he pointed to a detailed painting of a palm tree at Sandy Beach.

Senior community development officer, Stella Scantlebury said those who participate in programmes at community centres across the island have reaped tangible benefits.

“Persons who have graduated have gained meaningful employment at hotels. Some of them have started various businesses, even making cakes for weddings,” she said.

A member of the planning committee of The Islands Incentives and Meetings, Terian Reid said the event would transform the Hothersal Playing Field into a Bajan village, “creating a cultural extravaganza of all things we identify as uniquely Bajan: food, games, music, family and community life”.

A Taste of Bajan Village Life will begin at 9 a.m. with a Farmer’s Market and then continue with a sunset concert at 4 p.m., at which CARIFESTA delegates and local soca artistes will perform.

“The event promises to be an extravaganza of all things Bajan converging with all things Caribbean,” Reid said. “We encourage all Barbadians to come and enjoy the festivities and embrace the cultural fusion.”

Source: by Lashawna Griffith

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