It already holds a unique place in this island’s history since it was the site of the first British landing in 1625 and the first settlement by the British two years later.
Originally called Jamestown after King James I, it was later renamed Holetown because, as the story goes, the river that empties into the sea reminded one of the early English settlers of the Limehouse Hole on the River Thames.
Since then the area has taken on its own characteristics and one local group is currently on a mission to bring 10,000 people to Holetown through a revitalization initiative.
So far, the Holetown Chamber of Trade has been staging monthly “Holetown Live” street parties since last September, featuring live performances from local acts as well as a karaoke session. However, President Mark Simmons told Bajan Vibes that the ultimate objective was to make the westerly town one of the cultural and entertainment centers of the island.
“To get that going and get it growing organically what I decided to do was to bring on Bajan artistes one Sunday in every month to Holetown to do a live performance and karaoke,” Simmons explained, while describing the response to date as great.
“People are starting to understand that Holetown is very dynamic. It is not just the sun, sea, and sand. We have a lot of beautiful characters, deep talent and we are introducing tourists and locals to Barbadian culture,” he said.
Last Sunday’s featured performer was the multitalented Faith Callender. She rocked the audience with four of her original songs and ended her set with a karaoke song, much to the appreciation of those in attendance who danced and sang along with her.
Faith, who spoke to Bajan Vibes afterwards, was not only pleased with her performance but also the response she got from the crowd, which was largely made up of visitors to the island.
“The performance was really good, the crowd was very responsive and interactive, they got right into it. I know a lot of them might not be familiar with soca, but they fell in love with it and they participated.”
She also endorsed the “Holetown Live” initiative saying: “ I think that it’s amazing. The whole idea of bringing Holetown alive and introducing them [visitors] to Bajan music, I think is really awesome.”