A stirring display of culture by local artistes last evening was the perfect teaser for locals and guests expected to attend this year’s Holetown Festival.
The quiet town came alive as the skillful Haynesville Youth Club delivered a colourful energetic performance on the streets leading to the Holetown Complex where a crowd had gathered for the official opening of the eight-day event now in its 41st year.
This set the tone for the evening which also featured delightful performances from Barbadian artistes such as Red Plastic Bag, Paula Hinds, Donella Weekes-Oliver, Trinity Clarke, Grynner and a dancing troupe from Dancing Africa.
Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc Alvin Jemmott told the gathering the Holetown Festival was a major activity on the island’s calendar of events.
“This festival depicts everything Barbadian, our music, our theatre, our culture …[and] our people,” he said.
“It is because of the uniqueness of the Barbados tourism product offered that we are able to grow from strength to strength and continue to boast of that brand Barbados that makes us as a destination unique,” Jemmott added.
The festival celebrates the arrival of the first British settlers in Holetown on February 17, 1627. It features a number of activities including folk singing, dancing, sports and games, street parades, markets and the Queen of the Pageant Festival.
A major highlight of the evening was the introduction of this year’s delegates who received sound advice from the reigning 2017 Queen Shaunice Griffith.
The 18-year-old recounted her personal and professional growth through her year-long reign and advised the six contestants to do their best.
“Success is not a destiny but a journey,” Griffith who will also represent Barbados in Antigua and Barbuda for the Jaycees Queen Show.
The Holetown Festival continues tonight with events including the Inter-School Mix Free Concert.