Antigua and Barbuda has unveiled the logo for CARIFESTA XV.
Minister of Culture and National Festivals, Daryll Matthew said excitement is building as they prepare to host the regional festival for the first time.
He told Loop News his ministry is extremely proud of the logo, which epitomises several of the islands national symbols.
“The bird is our national bird, the frigate bird and the pineapple which is our national fruit. Within the pineapple you’ll see a windmill. The windmills purpose in the logo is dual, it is our national symbol coming from our history of sugar production during colonialism. The green blades of the windmill symbolises the initiative we are taking to use CARIFESTA as a festival to bring awareness to climate change and highlight our efforts to increase sustainability. Of course there are expressions of culture, the dancing silhouette with the feathers which represents our carnival celebrations and our festiveness in the region,” he said.
Minister Matthew said the secretariat is already in place and a lot of work is being done as the twin island state prepares to host the world for CARIFESTA 2021.
Though thrown by the untimely passing of Director of CARIFESTA, Mr Vaughn Walter, Minister Matthew said work has resumed and is moving ahead full throttle, to ensure that all is as it should be, ahead of the regional festival.
“We are quite excited, preparations are underway, the management team is in place and we are currently building out our staff compliment to ensure that once all of those plans that we have put in place for CARIFESTA are there, we can what we believe will be the most exciting and successful initiative Antigua and Barbuda has ever done, and it’ll be very memorable CARIFESTA for all the right reasons,” he told Loop News.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Director of Culture Annette Aflak has replaced Mr Walter and is now responsible for spearheading preparations for the next edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts which will be held in August next year.