by Emmanuel Joseph
The 22nd annual Barbados Gospelfest was launched Friday night at Divi Southwinds in Christ Church with speeches by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and sponsors representatives.
Those attending – mostly media and stakeholders – got a taste of things to come with sample performances by vocalist Everdene Smart and saxophonist, Kieshelle Rawlins.
In his address, Minister Sealy was full of praise for Executive Producer Adrian Agard and his team for faithfully bringing Gospelfest for more than two decades now – and particularly on a shoe string budget.
He also lauded the organisers for what he described as the Caribbean’s premiere Christian music festival and artistic showcase. He said it continued to attract some of the biggest names in gospel.
One of the more exciting aspects of the event for him is its inclusion of a developmental feature, especially for young talented people.
Sealy encouraged the Gospelfest committee to continue focusing on that element.
He noted that he had been attending the various events every year, observing the wholesome nature of the festival where one did not have to worry about violence or persons being drunk, swearing or filling the atmosphere with plumes of [cigarette/ganja] smoke.
This year’s Barbados Gospelfest runs from May 17 to 25 with the theme Touching Lives, Changing Nations.