The character of the City of Bridgetown will be brought to life again, when the First Citizens Bridgetown by Night Heritage Walk comes off on Sunday.
Several people turned out for the walk last year and this afternoon, producer of the event which is hosted in conjunction with the Barbados Tourism Investment, Alison Sealy-Smith, said that they were prepared “through the use of additional marshals and volunteers, along with a few technical changes including sound, to accommodate a slightly increased number” this year.
Approximately 500 persons took in the guided tour of the 385-year-old City last year.
Author, Morris Greenidge and distinguished historian, Trevor Marshall, skillfully took walkers on the “visually exciting, history laden tour from ‘Reclamation to Discovery’.”
Sealy-Smith said: “It takes the contribution of a large and brilliant team of actors, models, singers, dancers, choreographers, costume designers, make-up artists, crafts people, confectioners, carpenters and technical service providers to successfully accomplish an event of this nature.
“This year we have added a few new characters, including an exciting masquerade element in Pelican Village and for those of you were with us last year look for something brand new in Heroes Square, which in the 1700’s was known as Egginton’s Green.
“Two new veteran performers were also added to the cast — Soprano Singer, Leisl Gaye Gajadhar and theatre stalwart, Patrick Foster — plus four Barbados Community College trainee interns and four new dancers, bringing the total of paid performers on this culturally enhanced walking tour to 32 in 2013.
“Like the season itself, the First Citizens Bridgetown by Night Heritage Walk in association with the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. is an opportunity for job creation and income generation not only in the field of drama and performing arts but across many sectors in the Cultural Industries,” she said.
Sealy-Smith who is the Senior Business Development Officer at the National Cultural Foundation, said that the groups will start at the BIDC car park, go through Pelican Village, Cheapside on to Broad Street and “through many of its connecting tributaries to Cavans Lane where patrons will have an opportunity to reminisce with bread and pastries from the bread cart, fill up on local juices and fish cakes and indulge in some old time sweeties”.
She also noted that this second installment was “an integral part of the NCF’s renewed focus on promoting the Crop-Over season as ‘Festivals within the Festival’ in which heritage plays a pivotal role”.
The press briefing was held at First Citizens’ offices in Carlisle House in the City. (DS)