As part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Argentina and Barbados, the local community enjoyed an evening of football and tango on Emancipation Day.
Co-organized by the Embassy of Argentina and the Barbados Football Association as an introduction to the Stag Beer Champions Cup Final, a celebrity match took place between “BFA Shottas” and “Stag Issa Vibe”.
The friendly match allowed the crowd to see the lighter side of Ambassador of Argentina to Barbados Gustavo Martinez Pandiani; Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports John King; Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn; Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey; Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams and Minister Youth and Community Empowerment Adrian Forde.
The other lineup included calypsonian Mr Dale, DJ Ras, athlete Ryan Brathwaite, water polo coach Ryan Forde and DJ Patrick Salt Bellamy.
Immediately following the celebrity match, there was a special presentation by professional tango dancers Victoria Crisci and Rodrigo Malpezzi, who travelled from Buenos Aires for the occasion.
The Argentine couple delighted a packed AstroTurf with their sensual moves.
Members of the Barbados Under-17 National Football team also paraded in Argentine and Barbados gear.
In their welcoming remarks, BFA´s President Randy Harris and Ambassador Pandiani agreed on the importance of football as a vehicle to promote reciprocal humanitarian, social and educational values.
The 50th anniversary celebrations continue with the performance of the tango dancers at Bridgetown Market on August 5, together with an Argentine food stand offering their traditional beef and Malbec wines.
On August 11, the play “La Negrophilie”, directed by an Argentine playwright, opens at the Frank Collymore Hall. This will be followed by a photography exhibition at the Argentine Embassy in September.
All the activities are free of charge and open to the community. (PR)