The verdict from the international delegates who attended the National Cultural Foundation’s recently concluded e-CREATE Barbados, 2013 Cultural Industries Symposium is that Barbadian creative practitioners have major potential. They were impressed by the diversity of talent displayed in the Back to Front and Tech N Bim exhibitions and also at the two musical showcases, Bajan Soundtrack Side A and B.
These sentiments were expressed at a debriefing exercise with NCF representatives last Saturday which touched on the lessons learnt, the overall experience of the delegates and the state of readiness for exporting local creative products and services.
About 500 people attended the sessions over the three days, the highest number recorded for attendance at any similar symposium hosted the NCF.
Among the big name executives on-site at the Oistins showcase and facilitating the two off-site workshops were the Grammy Award winning producers and songwriters, the Jackie Boyz, who were invited by the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation, and Mark Simon, the award winning founder and animation director with over 30 years experience in the industry and a client list that includes powerhouses like Disney, Universal, Sony, HBO and Nickelodeon.
Simon was invited to the symposium by Toon Boom.
The delegates also commented on the positivity, eagerness and enthusiasm of the participants to learn — all characteristics that in time will prove beneficial to their further development, the NCF said.
The NCF music delegates from Brazil included Marcelo Castello Branco, Chief Executive of MCB, who specialises in general management, marketing, branding of artistes in the Latin entertainment industry; David McLoughlin, manager of the Brazil Music Exchange Project; Aline de Moraes, CEO of Iracema.co, which specialises in music management and cultural marketing; and Elisa Eisenlohr, who is responsible for communications at Uni√o Brasileira de Compositores, the leading collective management of music rights society in Brazil.