By Anesta Henry
The 45th staging of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) was a showcase and celebration of the pursuit of excellence in the Arts.
Barbadians from all walks of life creatively expressed themselves in song, music, dance, drama, film, photography, cooking, literature, craft and visual arts.
As Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports, John King delivered remarks at the 2018 NIFCA Gold Awards Presentation, at ILaro Court Friday night, he said he was pleased to be a part of those who impressed the judges to the extent that they have been awarded the top prizes and accolades of this year’s festival.
The Minister said junior participants deserve particular mention, noting that the judges remarked on their outstanding writing in this year’s Goddard Enterprises Literary Arts competition.
He pointed out that the nation’s youth are thinking and they are writing about what impacts them in sincere and authentic voices, which shows that the future looks bright.
“Their efforts in the performing and visual arts were also extremely promising, earning them numerous awards,” he said.
King remarked that another notable NIFCA activity was the Prison Arts Rehabilitation Programme currently concentrated in the Visual Arts, Music and Theatre.
“We are proud of this collaboration which has seen some participants winning the highest non-professional awards and going on to study arts formally upon their release and pursuing a career in the visual arts. The NCF and Her Majesty’s Prison are set to consult on ways that they can improve on this partnership in the future,” he said.
The Minister said that at the core of this Independence Festival of the Arts is its unrivalled and unparalleled ability to unearth and showcase the island’s cultural capital.
Jamal Dawe who entered in the non professional category with his solo dance piece titled Timescape, received the Prime Minister’s Scholarship award valued at BDS$35 000.