Crop Over 2016 will pay homage to several of the island’s significant milestones, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley has revealed.
Speaking at the Crop Over Thanksgiving service, held at the Sharon Moravian Church, St Thomas this morning, he said the island had a lot to celebrate and invited citizens to get involved with an attitude of gratitude.
In keeping with the festival’s theme – Celebrating our Culture, Showcasing our Pride – Lashley said the 50th anniversary of Independence, the 5th anniversary of the inscription of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as a UNESCO World Heritage Property; and the commemoration of the bicentennial of the 1816 Bussa rebellion would be especially highlighted during the 25 events to be staged by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).
“During the season, in recognition of the 5th anniversary of the inscription of the UNESCO World Heritage Property – Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, we will have an attitude of gratitude for our heritage, with events that emphasize the significance of Bridgetown and its Garrison to our historic and cultural landscape, and telling the story of Bridgetown’s role in our journey to Independence.
“With thankfulness in our hearts, we will aptly recognize the bicentennial of the 1816 Bussa rebellion in some of the season’s events, delving into the rebellion and more. Showing that same attitude of gratitude for those who stood up for change, affording us the freedoms we enjoy today.”
Insisting that events on the Crop Over Calendar were not “conceptualized or produced haphazardly”, the minister said there was something to appeal to everyone.
Government ministers, senior officials from the NCF, calypsonians, tent managers and other key players in the festival attended the church service, which was described as a significant opening to the season’s celebrations.