Potential of the arts

The works at the CARIFESTA XIII Visual Arts Exhibition spoke of the journey of the Caribbean from settlement to the abolition of slavery to the democratized 21st century.

Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture Stephen Lashley.


(From left) Artist Herta Parabirsing and  Minister of Education, Science, Culture & Sports for Curacao Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé presents Minister Stephen Lashley with a commemorative art piece in honour of CARIFESTA XIII.

Following the theme for CARIFESTA, Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating Ourselves, the exhibition gathered Caribbean artists, curators and critics within a safe space.

Host Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, his Curaçao counterpart Marilyn Alcala-Walle, prominent Trinidadian designer and curator Andrew Ramroop, as well as Senator Harry Husbands and Permanent Secretary Ruth Blackman, were among those in attendance at the event that opened with Anthony Gabby Carter bringing out his guitar to perform his classics Emmerton and Bridgetown Market.

Delivering the feature address, Minister Lashley asserted that while CARIFESTA’s purpose was to promote unity and exhibit the creativity of the region’s people, the wider agenda should be on nurturing the budding creative sector.

“We have to find common ground in taking our creativity to the rest of the world and, thereby, generate economic returns for our artists and, by extension, economic returns for our countries,” he said.

“CARIFESTA offers that international showcase that will help our creative talents to find markets for their goods and to be able to do what no other sector will do for the Caribbean – to return the Caribbean to prosperity,” Lashley said to thunderous applause.

He further emphasized to the CARIFESTA delegation in attendance that the multi-cultural showcase was the initial step towards regional development. He contended that promoting the creative sectors could spur economic growth and development across the region. 

Source: (KK)

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