This year’s finals of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) promise to be one of the most exciting ever, going by the high standard of performances in the semi-finals.
Just days ahead of the start, the dance and junior finals have already been sold out. Dance, which has always been one of the most popular events, if not the most, was the first to be sold out followed by the juniors.
During the semifinals, the abundance of talent among the Barbadians was evident and the performances were generally of such high standard that it could not have been an easy task for the judges to choose the finalists.
As this year’s NIFCA coincides with the island’s 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations, this celebrated cultural event offered performers a unique opportunity to salute Barbados in a special way on reaching this historic milestone.
For this reason, those who made it to the finals must be feeling extra special at this point and have good reason to be proud of their achievements to date.
The junior finals have continued to grow from strength to strength since they were given a night dedicated exclusively to them. The mixed discipline night is expected to include dancing, singing, dramatic pieces and speeches. It is expected to be quite a thriller.
Overall, the quality of talent being showcased this year is quite impressive and each performer who has gone through to this weekend’s finals should be commended.
The NIFCA finals begin this Friday, October 28, at the Frank Collymore Hall with the Dance Finals and will continue nightly through to Monday, October 31. The starting time is 7 p.m.
Following is the list of this year’s finalists.
Megan Navarro and Justin Poleon, ADL Adrenalin Dancers, Justin Poleon, Gentle Steps Arts Academy, Praise Academy of Dance, Dancin Africa, Louise Woodvine Dance Academy, Trident Productions, The Heartman Group, The Collective, The Livy & Betty Alleyne Ballroom Dance Centre, Jamal Carlos Douglas Dawe, ACE Dance Centre, New Dimensions Dance Ministry, Soullanguage (The Other Company), Barbados Dance Project, Carl Broome and Shauna Yearwood and Pinelands Creative Workshop.
Yolanda Holder, Alister Alexander, Carl Chase- BYS, Damien Reid, Akeem Chandler-Prescod, Lamarr Coward, Azania Elcock, Barbados Youth Service, Raquon Hinds, Iyanla Jordan, Phoenix Performers, Regeneration Drama Group and Shanice Wharton.
Coleridge and Parry School Choir, Cherece Richards, Focus Pop Band (Frederick Smith Secondary), Mequissa Baptiste, Israel Lovell Foundation, Ki’ann Browne, Ordene Dottin, Cindy Springer, Andre Alleyne, Ashe Augustine, Adela Payne, Tarique Griffith, The Pelican Island Brass, Tarique Griffith, Kaysha Springer, Golden Vocals, Haynesville Youth Club and Ellerslie School Choir.
Mireya Hosein (The Codrington School), St. Cyprians Prep. Boys School, Ignatius Byer Primary School, Neesha Welch, Trinity Clarke, Faith and Justin Leacock, Mount Tabor Primary School, Jahzara Clarke – Grantley Prescod Memorial.Primary, St. John’s Primary, St. Bernard’s Primary and Grantley Prescod Mem. Primary School
Gordon Walters Primary School, Tahirah Gibbons, Luther Thorne Memorial Primary, Brando Byer-Maloney – Gordon Walters Primary, Jaden Jones- St. Bartholomew Primary and Sanaiya Brathwaite
Pinelands Creative Workshop, Pearl’s Dance Academy, Dancin Africa, Gentle Steps Arts Academy, Kibibi Lee and Deacons Primary School.