They sat on blankets, chairs, on the grass and on the steps of Independence Square in Independence Square, the City, last Saturday under the light of the full moon and watched local films.
Director of Culture Sheron Johnson told Barbados TODAY that the Movie Night, which formed part of the Heritage Month activities, “went exceedingly well“.
“The Independence Square was transformed into a theatre and we had children, adults, people from various races and background. It was very well attended. The audience got a chance to see two documentaries, produced by local film maker Dr. Gladstone Yearwood – Dame Nita and Fielding Babb. After the event, a lot of people said they didn’t know Dame Nita had some so much in her lifetime and for some of the younger people, they didn’t know her.
Dame Nita was Governor General of Barbados, and Babb is a visual artist.
The Director added: “For the young film makers, who are apart of the Youth-In programme which is a collaboration with UNDP, universities in Italy and the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, they produced five short films which reflected their thinking about Barbados and it lent itself well to the event because they spoke of some cultural practices within Barbados,” she said.
Two of the films showed the National Stadium, the ZR culture and Johnson added that after the showing they introduced themselves to the audience and spoke about their films. The public got to see some of the work being done by those in the cultural industries sector.
The Director further noted that the movie night helped to bridge the gap between heritage and culture and helped to show people that the “spaces within historic Bridgetown and its Garrison can be used for other things”, such as promoting the visual arts.
The event, which was hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth and the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, will be held again. (DS)