Culture

  • Barbados building CARIFESTA legacy

    CARIFESTA XIII promises to be to be a diverse festival with a lasting legacy. During a media update in his Sky Mall office on Monday, Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley highlighted several plans for the Festival. One notable feature referred to by the Minister was the Grand Market and Buyer’s Mall. He pointed out that since Barbados had…

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  • Mega shopping mall for CARIFESTA XIII

    Local and regional entrepreneurs will have a rare opportunity to showcase their products to international buyers as well as shoppers from the Caribbean when the new CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall opens at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) on August 17. Described by coordinator Andre Hoyte as a ‘Shopping Mall’, the traditional grand market of CARIFESTA has been redesigned specifically to attract…

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  • Photo of Sir Derek Walcott was ‘a true Cultural Icon’ – CARICOM SG

    Sir Derek Walcott was ‘a true Cultural Icon’ – CARICOM SG

    MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE PASSING OF SIR DEREK ALTON WALCOTT, KCSL, OBE, OCC   On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I wish to express profound sympathy on the passing of internationally acclaimed Caribbean poet and playwright, Saint Lucian born, Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, OCC. Sir Derek, a prolific…

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  • Region’s Cultural Showpiece must be sustained despite economic crisis says CARICOM DSG

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     CARIFESTA must be sustained despite current economic challenges. That was the main message from CARICOM Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan to delegates at the opening ceremony for the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana on Wednesday 18 June, 2014.  CARIFESTA – the Caribbean Festival…

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  • Remarks By Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, Deputy Secretary General, Caricom Secretariat At The Opening Of The Twenty-Second Meeting Of The Regional Cultural Committee,  18 June 2014, Georgetown, Guyana

    It is a great pleasure for me, in- my capacity as Deputy Secretary General, to extend to all of you a warm welcome to the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee. This is the Regional Body which has been advising our Ministers of Culture for the past 27 years on shaping national and regional cultural policy and programmes as…

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  • Photo of Remarks by Dr. Hilary Brown Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development Twenty-Second Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) Opening Ceremony Georgetown, Guyana  18 June, 2014

    Remarks by Dr. Hilary Brown Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development Twenty-Second Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) Opening Ceremony Georgetown, Guyana 18 June, 2014

    It is a pleasure to warmly welcome all of you to the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (the RCC), a body that has been in existence for over 25 years, having first met on 6-7 June 1987 in Trinidad and Tobago. A very special welcome to the representatives of Member States who are attending the RCC for the…

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  • Photo of Dominica’s Michele Henderson wins CARICOM song competition

    Dominica’s Michele Henderson wins CARICOM song competition

    Dominican, jazz, fusion singer Michele Henderson is the winner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) song competition, and her winning entry “Celebrating CARICOM” is now the regional body’s official anthem.  Henderson beat out 57 semi-finalists and ten finalists to emerge winner in the competition which was announced last year. She says she screamed in disbelief when she first heard the news,…

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  • St Lucia Government Planning to Enact Creative Industries Bill

    St Lucia will move to enact a Creative Industries Bill for the country during the upcoming parliamentary session, according to St Lucia Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy. The bill would follow the lead set by Barbados, which led the region in enacting its landmark Cultural Industries Development Bill. “This is an important vehicle for generating employment for young persons as…

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  • Guyana and Suriname participate in Arab-South America culture meeting

    By Ray Chickrie Caribbean News Now contributor RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Guyana and Suriname, both members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), participated in the third Arab-South America (ASPA) culture ministers meeting last week between the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Arab League members in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The meeting ended on Wednesday. The Arab and South American…

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  • Expert: Region failing to safeguard cultural heritage

    KINGSTON, Jamaican, Observer – IN the context of the just concluded Black History Month, world heritage consultant Dr Janice Lindsay is calling on Caribbean States, to step up efforts to safeguard their music from economic exploitation, and do more to turn it into an economic powerhouse for local communities. Dr Lindsay, who was speaking at the recently held Jamaica Intellectual…

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