There has been a rise in entries of spoken word in the theatre arts discipline of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), says Chief Cultural Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Andrea Wells.
Wells believes this was due to influence from Adrian Greene, who was the first spoken word artiste to receive the Prime Minister’s scholarship at NIFCA.
“In theatre this year there has been a spike in the spoken word entries. Spoken word entries as we are seeing them are very diverse. They are addressing issues such as romance, education, the economy and other social matters,” she said.
Wells was speaking at a Press conference this morning at the Dome Mall, Warrens, St Michael to introduce new sponsors Digicel and to announce a new sponsorship agreement between the NCF and Massy Barbados Limited.
Wells stressed the importance of NIFCA saying, “ NIFCA is a critical platform for our nation’s creative artistes. We see it as a springboard to a strong future for their representation and growth in the arts”.
Marketing Executive of Digicel Randy Howard said his company was pleased to be part of the festival.
“Digicel has been working with the NCF for years. Obviously people will know us more regarding the Crop Over celebrations, but culture is more than Crop Over it’s a part of who we are and how we develop over the years, so we see it as kind of our duty to give back to the youth of Barbados in particular through NIFCA. We saw this as an opportunity to showcase the talent that exists in Barbados . . . we saw a situation where NIFCA needed that financial assistance to keep the festival growing,” Howard said.
Massy will be the sponsors of the creator’s prizes across the three disciplines of the creative arts – drama/speech, music and dance.
Public Relations Manager of Massy Stores Limited Jennifer Branch-Maloney said the company welcomed the opportunity to be a part of NIFCA.
“We believe that it is equally important to recognize the performers as it is to acknowledge the craftsmen of these outstanding pieces of work,” she said.
The semi-finals of NIFCA continue this weekend at the Comberemere School. All shows begin at 6 p.m.