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Bumper crop

Despite having its budget for 2014 cut, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley says he expects this year’s Crop Over Festival to be a bumper one. “This year you should note that we are having more events than we had last year; so Crop Over 2014 is bigger than 2013, not withstanding that we are not […]

Creativity call

Creativity call

In an effort to preserve the masquerade aspect of Crop Over, there is a need for the creativity and themes depicted on the stage at Junior Kadooment to transition to Grand Kadooment. This call came from Suzanne Phillips, a costume designer and instructor, as she spoke to Barbados TODAY yesterday at Pelican Village, where a showcase […]

Creative cash

An assessment of the monetary contribution the cultural industries make to the local economy should soon get under way. Word of this from senior business development officer with the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Alison Sealy-Smith, who suggests such a study is long overdue, the last one being conducted by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of […]

St Stephen’s set

St Stephen’s set

After taking a break last year, the St Stephen’s Primary School Junior Kadooment band will be back on the road this year. This morning, the Black Rock, St Michael school launched its 2014 band themed Historic Bridgetown And Its Garrison. Bandleader and art teacher at the institution, Hezel Roberts, said the band targeted the entire […]

Businesses rescue Cavalcades

At least one the three Crop Over Cavalcades which had been cancelled, due Government’s financial contraints, will be staged after all this year at the end of this month. Chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, Cranston Browne, told a news conference at NCF headquarters, West Terrace, St James, this morning that a section […]

Honouring a legend

Honouring a legend

Bestowing an honour on a Barbadian literary legend was made into a dramatist’s delight as artistes from across the island, young and old, descended on the Independence Square amphitheatre to pay tribute in performance. The occasion was a presentation of the Clement Payne Cultural Achievement Award 2014, which is annually presented on the eve of […]

Seven artistes heading to China

Seven artistes heading to China

An 11-member delegation leaves Barbados on Sunday for the People’s Republic of China for a visit, which officials are calling the first of its kind. Seven artistes will accompany Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley on the official trip, among them Cultural Ambassador Anthony Gabby Carter, and film-maker Lisa Harewood. The artistes, who were recommended by […]

Hard crop

Stakeholders in the Crop Over Festival have expressed mixed feelings over the decision of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) to cut a number of events from this year’s official calendar. While some had anticipated the cuts, at least one tent manager today voiced strong concern that the development will hinder the national festival and negatively […]