A special initiative, which seeks to encourage youth participation in the upcoming Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA), has won the financial backing of the Inter American Development Bank (IDB).
During a brief ceremony at the bank’s Christ Church office, Head of Operations Javier Urra said the IDB was pleased to partner with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth in staging Youth Talk, as an important component of CARIFESTA 2017.
The 13th installment of the
regional festival comes off here from August 17 to 27 and includes a Youth Village at the Barbados Community College.
“In times of economic trouble, art can be the spirit of the country,” Urra said, adding that the IDB was pleased to support young people and assist with their artistic expression.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Ruth Blackman also thanked the IDB for their support of the initiative.
“As you know, when you have to put on things like this, and put them on properly, you need money and the IDB has demonstrated [this] to Barbados at the widest possible level, at the macro level, giving us the economic support that we need,” she said.
The first CARIFESTA Youth Village was hosted by Guyana back in 2008. The aim is to allow the youth of the 15-member Caribbean Community to showcase their talents, as well as to experience the region’s way of life and to share their ideas on culture and other issues that affect them.