The National Cultural Foundation promptly reminded Barbadians that the Crop Over season was swiftly approaching with the press launch of the First Citizen Crop Over Xplosion last week Friday.
Zealous masquerading dancers, acrobatic Shaggy Bears, a joyous Mother Sally and an energetic tuk band flooded the bank’s Broad Street, Bridgetown entrance. It’s a just a taste of what would be expected during the three-month cultural festival that attracts thousands.
Acting Chief Cultural Officer of the NCF Wayne Webster revealed that on June 2, the annual event which marks the official start of the Crop Over season will return to King George V Park, St Philip for a fun-filled celebration of the island’s cultural heritage.
Subtitled Tuk-It-Up, the First Citizens Crop Over Xplosion will explore the traditions that are intrinsically Barbadian.
“Through events like Crop Over Xplosion, we can continue to tell our stories, all the while gazing into that contemporary mirror at the possibilities for the future,” said the acting chief cultural officer.
This year, the two exceptional workers in the sugar industry who will be honoured are Ernesta Williams from Applewhaites Farm, St Thomas, and Neville Cato from Castle Farm, St Peter.
Webster indicated that the NCF was committed to preserving the island’s culture while revolutionizing it to be palatable to the ever-changing audience.
“Preservation does not mean that we don’t innovate. It just means that we will try more creative ways of showcasing our heritage to the wider and new millennial audience,” he stated. (KK)