Two people were awarded the coveted Prime Minister’s Scholarship when the award ceremony for the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) took place on Saturday night.
Rhythm poet Adrian Greene and writer Aprille Thomas took him the coveted award while Jason Hope won the Prime Minister’s Award for Originality.
They were among dozens who were awarded for their good work during this year’s festival.
Speaking at the ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley said he had instructed the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) to make NIFCA more marketable outside Barbados.
He said the festival is “undoubtedly one of the cornerstones on which we will build the development of our cultural industries”.
“I have already mandated the National Cultural Foundation to introduce a system for the package of NIFCA in such a way, as to make it highly marketable both locally and internationally,” he told the audience at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
He also urged Barbadians to welcome cultural variations.
“Forty-seven years after the attainment of Independence, and 40 years after the birth of NIFCA, our society has undergone considerable changes,” he said.
“Ours is now a much more multicultural society, and our culture is, naturally, in the process of evolving to reflect this influence of other cultures.”