An 11-member delegation leaves Barbados on Sunday for the People’s Republic of China for a visit, which officials are calling the first of its kind.
Seven artistes will accompany Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley on the official trip, among them Cultural Ambassador Anthony Gabby Carter, and film-maker Lisa Harewood.
The artistes, who were recommended by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), are due to take part in the Latin America And Caribbean Arts Festival in which ten countries are scheduled to participate.
“We couldn’t take as many as we wanted to. Therefore, we felt that we would carry those artistes who would represent our culture in terms of our music and would be able to cross over. So we have the Mighty Gabby who can represent us in calypso, folk, jazz; and we have Nikita who’s also a cross-over artist. She can sing R&B and calypso,” NCF CEO Cranston Browne told a media conference today. He will also be part of the team.
The other members are musicians Stefan Walcott and Andre Forde, craftsperson and jeweler Angela Went, and dancer Gene Carson.
During the visit, Lashley, said he would hold high-level talks with his Chinese counterpart on issues relating to culture and the preservation and conservation of national sites.
The minister also disclosed plans to sign a letter of intent with Chinese officials.
China’s Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke described the visit as very important to the bilateral relations between the two countries.
The delegation is due to return to the island on May 5.