The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) this morning received a generous donation from its longstanding partner, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.
A much-needed developmental contribution of BDS$70,000 was made towards enhancing the foundation’s infrastructure. The money has so far outfitted the NCF’s boardroom and refurbished other areas, namely the Steel Shed.
Ambassador of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Barbados Yan Xiusheng stated that he was indeed honoured to make the presentation which he hopes will aid the NCF’s capacity to host cultural and festival events.
The Ambassador said, “It (NCF) has been playing an indispensable role in observing and carrying forward the Barbados traditional culture, improving the international reputation of Barbados’ culture and promoting the development of Barbados’ creative industries by organizing features and cultural events including the Crop Over festival.”
The mutual cultural exchanges between the two entities have seen Barbadian artistes participating in the 2014 and 2016 Meet in Beijing Art Festival and Caribbean Art Festival during the year of cultural exchange between China and Caribbean countries. The NCF also contributed to a series of events held in 2017 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Barbados and China.
NCF CEO Cranston Browne expressed his appreciation with the gift saying, “This alliance [which] has included a demonstrated commitment to a cultural exchange and to a mutual development between our two nations, has also seen the NCF providing technical, event planning and operational assistance in the successful hosting of various performing arts troupes visiting the island from China.”
Just ahead of the highly anticipated Crop Over season, Browne confirmed that all is set for the official start despite the recent delay. The first event will be the Heritage Bus Tour which will give persons a full culinary experience.