Ronald Jones, Education Minister of Barbados – pledges Queen’s Park Steel Shed soon to be available for Dramatic Productions once more

Many Barbadians have spent time at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed, it was named after one of Queen’s College’s most demanding and exacting Drama Educators, and the stories of her quest for excellence are legendary.

Minister Jones was acting on behalf of Culture Minister Stephen Lashley who was out of the island at the time of the Launch

However, for quite some time, this cultural hub has been on an extended architectural hiatus – I can recall one of the last times I was there was to watch Derek Walcott’s “Remembrance,” which starred Michael Gilkes & Victor Clifford, as father and son, along with my own father Desmond Bourne as an ugly American tourist.

Culinary art apart from Visual and Literary arts were on display that evening

Many a Laff It Off and Pampalam have been regaled to giggling Bajans at this venue, but it seemed it was about to go the way of the Empire Theatre – but this has had a halt put to it by Ronald Jones, who just spoke to stakeholders at NIFCA’s launching at Hilton Barbados {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Minister Jones pledges to cultural stakeholders before 2010 is complete, that the Queen’s Park Steel Shed will be reopen once again

Education Minister Jones engages in a lively chat with erstwhile NCF Chairman Ken Knight (It remains to be seen if Knight will retain the post now that Stephen Lashley is Culture Minister and Steve Blackett was transferred to Social Care)

Jones also expressed admiration at the current generation of Barbadians who have technology to propel their cultural careers forward without dependency of typical methods of promotion {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

With advances in both Internet aand software development, the Minister is confident Bajans can create their own version of Facebook or Twitter and make videogames and use the ‘Net to market their products

An unclad study was one of the main points of interest that evening

This contention by the Minister of Education was succinctly proved by local poet Oswald Joe at the ceremony, he delivered a suggestion about the plague of Giant African Snails which is overly prevalent in Barbados {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Oswald Joe looks at various ways a Barbadian can still earn a decent penny in this tough financial period

The spoken word poet sees an opportunity for Bajans to harvest the Giant African Snail and ship it over to Ghana and Nigeria as exporting meat for profit, while the audience snickered at the idea, this concept is not so far-fetched, and it’s only a matter of time before a local or foreign entrepreneur cashes in on this notion to earn foreign exchange and make an honest living, while ridding Barbados of a known pest all in one go

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