The 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts, CARIFESTA, is beginning today with the participation of artists, craftsmen, writers and academicians from about 30 countries of the region.
The event, to be run until August 27, will focus on the diversity of folkloric and cultural events in the region, evident in fashion, gastronomy, festivals, visual arts, music, dance, theater and oral narrative, among other disciplines.
During the current edition of CARIFESTA, a great participation of Barbadian communities and groups is expected with more than 500 events that will exhibit the best the Caribbean region has to offer in literature, music, art, dance, cinema and theater.
Barbadian Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, talked of many of the plans linked to the festival, including the production of several products related to the culture of his country, which can be marketed in two major markets.
According to Lashley, this will allow that natives and visitors can purchase art, crafts and other products; while buyers worldwide will have the opportunity to see other products that may be of interest in the world market.
Under the auspices of the European Union, participants will be capable of presenting their works at the Grand Market & Buyers’ Shopping Mall, chosen venues for the relaunch of Barbados as one of the main industries of this kind in the region.
Barbados is hosting for a second time CARIFESTA, one of the major Caribbean cultural celebrations of recent decades.
According to organizers, it will go beyond its diversity and a lasting legacy.