CARIFESTA XIII is expected to have major investment at the community level.
That’s the view of Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley who said Barbadian communities are expected to play a significant role in the coming arts festival.
Addressing the official launch of the Community Independence Celebrations at King George V Memorial Park last Saturday, he said 62 submissions had so far been received from Barbadian and regional groups interested in producing their own events that can be promoted on the official CARIFESTA calendar.
Acknowledging that the community fringe of CARIFESTA would be greatly driven by the efforts of such organizations as the Parish Independence Committees (PICs), Lashley encouraged them to be welcoming to the hundreds of artistes and artisans from 19 countries currently registered to take part in the August 17-27 festival.
The Culture Minister also applauded PIC members for their longstanding role over the past 21 years, and said their dedication spoke to the importance of volunteerism in the country.
“I think we need more of it; we need more Barbadians who will see the development of their communities and, ultimately, the development of their country, as a personal responsibility,” Lashley asserted.
As CARIFESTA XIII approaches, community meetings are being held to engage and inform residents about the events and the community fringe programme.
The next one, hosted by the CARIFESTA Secretariat, will take place Thursday at the Alexandra School in Speightstown, St Peter at 6 p.m.