Monday 22 April, 2019

Over to Trinidad – CARIFESTA XIV to focus on connections, investment

Trinidad & Tobago's Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly holds the Carifesta baton high after receiving it from Barbados' Culture Minister Stephen Lashley at the Closing Ceremony of CARIFESTA XIII.

Trinidad & Tobago's Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly holds the Carifesta baton high after receiving it from Barbados' Culture Minister Stephen Lashley at the Closing Ceremony of CARIFESTA XIII.

The Caribbean and the world has been invited to ‘sweet, sweet T&T’ for the next edition of CARIFESTA in 2019.

The invitation was issued last evening by Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts of Trinidad & Tobago, the country hosts for CARIFESTA XIV. She was speaking at the Closing Ceremony of CARIFESTA XIII, where she received the CARIFESTA baton from Stephen Lashley, Culture Minister of Barbados, the host country of the 13th edition of the regional cultural and arts festival.

Barbados has been praised for a successful CARIFESTA, which one CARICOM official said elevated the regional platform for artisans and artistes to meet and do business with international arts promoters and buyers.

According to Gadsby-Dolly, Trinidad and Tobago will seek to continue the CARIFESTA legacy of advancing the art forms internationally and providing lasting benefits to cultural practitioners.

“In 2019, we will place increased focus on the intangible cultural heritage which abounds in our region and underpins the more tangible expressions. We mean, by way of meaningful interaction and information transfer, to underscore why we do what we do and why we are as we are. We must ground ourselves and our future generations in the essence of our Caribbean-ness.”

She indicated that stronger connections must also be made with each other and the Diaspora to advance regional progress, saying, “As we connect spiritually, we also lay the pathway for the development and exploitation of economic networks and artistic evolution. We must reach out to each other and to the Diaspora to take our practitioners forward together towards international standards and markets.”

She added, “As a region, our investment in CARIFESTA must provide a framework for networking, international exposure and edification of artistes and practitioners that will last much longer than 10 days, with measurable impact.”

She further called on corporate entities to continue their tangible and intangible investment in support of Caribbean people, heritage, culture and arts.

CARIFESTA XIV is slated for August 16 – 25, 2019, under the theme ‘The Tangible and Intangible – Connect, Share, Invest.’

looptt CARIFESTA Closing Ceremony

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