At least one the three Crop Over Cavalcades which had been cancelled, due Government’s financial contraints, will be staged after all this year at the end of this month.
Chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, Cranston Browne, told a news conference at NCF headquarters, West Terrace, St James, this morning that a section of corporate Barbados had responded to a recent call from Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley to sponsor the Cavalcades.
“For 2014, as we set the stage for Crop Over’s 40th, we will engagee the masses with one massive Cavalcade centrally located in Queen’s Park, on Friday, May 30, under the theme Nostalgia To Euphoria,” Browne revealed.
“At this Cavalcade,” the CEO added, “we will spread the festival fever through nostalgic performances from some of our veterans; catch up on the careers of others we haven’t heard in a while in the ‘where they are now?’ segment; gain exposure for the new artistes; and finally sprinkle in a little taste of popularity to close.”
Browne suggested that while the focus at the Cavalcades was on the music of the festival which put the sway in the hips, the foundation’s long-term strategic goals was still the consideration of more tangible ways of preserving the art form of social commentary.
“For it is in this genre that the masters of calypso have recorded many pages of our history in the lyrics of their songs. There will always be a place for the calypso tents as long as there is kaiso,” the NCF head declared.