by George Alleyne
Barbadians are in for a treat of Canadian films showcasing northern wilderness, with a strong emphasis on environmental preservation, in a film festival collaboration between this island and that northern state.
The festival, which will be aired in the Walled Garden Theatre of the Barbados Museum, runs from tomorrow evening to Saturday.
The event, jointly sponsored by the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and a Canadian museum – Science North, is being hailed as symbolic of the Barbados-Canada collaboration of many years.
The festival, which is open to the public, offers a special touch.
Producer of the Imax films, David Lickley, will be on hand to give behind-the-scenes explanations of the production and answer questions from the audience after the screening.
At last night’s festival launch BMHS Deputy Director Kevin Farmer said it is an opportunity, “to explore some fantastic films that speak not only to climate change, which affects us especially in small island developing states, but to explore the work of one of the world’s pioneer paleontologists, Jane Goodall”.
Speaking in the Walled Garden Theatre, he said the festival is yet another example of over 150 years of collaboration between Barbados and Canada.
Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados Marie Legault agreed, adding that Science North’s joint activities with the BMHS reached back more than a decade.
“In 2007 when the Concorde Experience was created, Science North was the producer of the multi-media presentation. Every time I visit the Museum’s Concorde Experience I am always sincerely amazed by this incredible jewel that Barbados has.
“It definitely represents a very successful partnership between Science North and the Barbados Museum, and I am hopeful that the current partnership between (our two organisations) will be just as successful in our future projects.”
Further endorsing the two countries’ history of collaboration on projects, Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, said many Barbadians have accessed their higher training in the arts in Canada.
“As a natural outcome of these relations, the first exhibition that the National Cultural Foundation hosted in October 2017 on its official return to the Queens Park Gallery, was entitled Canada and Barbados, The Art of Collaboration, which featured the works of 17 artists that had trained, or worked in Canada and are currently living in Barbados,” he said, noting that this exhibition included work done by highly regarded senior artists and which is now housed in the Barbados National Collection.
The Minister said that another joint venture which is a collaborative effort of “the National Camps Programme, the Future Centre Trust and the Canadian High Commission was currently in the planning stage.
Set for July to August this year, Poetry in Windows will introduce environmental awareness through poetry to our youth.
The best poems from the planned workshops will compete for prizes and gain exposure in a public space”.