Shoppers in Bridgetown were in for a treat on Saturday as Broad Street came alive even more with the sounds of steel pan and other performances for the launch of the National Independence Festival Of Creative Arts (NIFCA).
National Cultural Foundation corporate communications specialist Simone Codrington told Barbados TODAY the showcase was to “remind people that it is NIFCA and you need to come out and support our local talent”.
Codrington said “a little noise” was created to remind Barbadians that it was that time of year again when local talent and creativity were celebrated.
Chief Cultural Officer Andrea Wells noted that the festival was also a unique medium for members of the community to creatively voice the issues affecting them and at the same time “build a level of appreciation and cohesiveness”.
“NIFCA, we expect, will play a role in creating the new plank of economic growth which seems to be fuelled by our cultural industries. And, therefore, we are encouraging and developing our programme to see it as a market; to get our artists to try their works in the Barbadian market,” Wells said.
She highlighted the importance of the festival saying, it aided in “celebrating our very own” and making people aware “we have so much to be proud about”.
“The creativity and the imagination of this nation’s artists are really in good hands.”
This year’s programme of activities will culminate on November 22 with the NIFCA Performing Arts Gala.