Unlike NIFCA which is indoors and primarily a Government vehicle to draw entry fees at the majority of events, the Barbados Summer Arts Festival is people oriented and seeks to encourage the entrepreneur – all of their events are free admission to the public, as well as contests for booth operators to earn exciting prizes.

Wayne "Poonka" Willock reveals how the Summer Arts Festival will be presenting a big-band concert, featuring the Tuk rhythms, the beat of Barbados, in all its forms, during the Hastings Arts Mart. Call (246) 426-0830 for any questions

An initiative from noted photographer Ronnie Carrington, who feels Art is about the core elements of Barbadians, reflected in what Bajans see, hear, taste, make, read and write, wear, and how we move {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Far too many souvenirs for visitors are foreign trinkets anyone can make, part of the Festival’s goals is to change that – to encourage the celebration of the seven elements that reflect the cultural identity of Barbados and in doing so, to foster development, allowing its practitioners to not only profit but be encouraged to persist in their chosen field of endeavour.

Including former Chair of IICA (Inter-American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture) Dr Chelston Brathwaite and Peter Boos of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation as part of the Advisory Committee, a media launch coordinated by Roxanne Gibbs of Media Support International was held over the weekend by the gazebo at Hastings Rocks.

Peter Boos noted while Art is a unique cultural trademark and the magnet that draws us to explore the corners of the world in search of those aspects of life that make us different from each other nevertheless Bajans need to profit from such original industry, he cited Britain as a successful example {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The creative Industries for England is worth £59 billion and accounts for 5 to 6 % of GDP, this same arm of revenue makes for 10% of the UK’s exports yet Barbadians cannot see Art or its cousins as a moneymaker – he wants to see this Festival help change that.

The Barbados Summer Arts Festival (BSAF) is perceived of as an annual celebration that doesn’t just highlight the best of Barbados’ art forms through various events, including a competitive process, but also contribute to the development of the arts locally and regionally. This, in turn, will contribute to national and regional development, and complement ongoing and established activities that promote and support the arts.

The vision of the BSAF is to be the premier event for promoting, supporting, and contributing to the development of Barbados’ artistic talent and associated business opportunities, at both national and international levels.

There are plenty of chances for both audience and operators to not just have fun but earn something by their own effort, Mr Carrington reveals details of the Festival’s photo contests {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The two photographic events of the Barbados Summer Arts Festival have different characteristics. Caribbean Mirror is about Caribbean Life and the photography art form in general.

Images taken during the last two years will be accepted and the closing date for submission is Friday June 15th at 6 P.M. Barbados time.

Picture Barbados is a photographic treasure hunt, exploring the photographic possibilities offered on the island. Images must be made during the month of May, when the clues to the subjects selected will be given via the local media and online.

Chef Peter Edey who has appeared on USA’s NBC tv-channel promoting here, is readjusting his annual cook-off’s dates and including a Caribbean component {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

His popular television programme will be recorded under the Festival’s big tent at the Arts Mart venue in Hastings. The Junior Duelling Challenge sizzles on Saturday 26th May from 5:00 PM

Chef Edey pointed out how his cooking reality series has helped the culinary education of this island to grow {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

One of the elements is the ‘Tastes Like Home’ event and competition, where participants are given ingredients to prepare the same dish, using their own special recipes. A similar competition will be held for the best Caribbean rum punch and to find the island’s ‘proper pudding & souse’ person.

Mr Carrington has not forgotten the literary side of Barbados either {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Tuk-muh-nuh! is organised by Wayne “Poonka” Willock and unleashes Friday 25th May at 7:00 pm, while the Inaugural Bim Literary Festival joins with the inaugural Barbados Summer Arts Festival to present an evening of poetry & prose, at the Hastings Esplanade. This event, May 18th, it’s the precursor to the following weekend’s celebration of several art which forms the first Barbados Summer Arts Festival.

Chef Peter Edey explains how the Food Fair and Fiesta is scheduled to take place on Saturday May 26th at the area to the east of the Hastings Rocks Bandstand, on the south coast of the island.

Here are the other events to savour…

  • Queens Park Christmas Posse Pose-off Sunday, May 27 Time: 10:00 AM

As popular as the Christmas morning event in Queen’s Park is, relatively few Barbadians get to see the spectacle first hand. We are inviting those who go to Queens Park to join us at the Hastings esplanade area to strut their stuff on the morning of Sunday May 27th.

  • The Art of Speaking Well – Sunday, May 27, 2012

Radio event. For those who like dramatic performance as well as those who may be considering a career in broadcasting, this one’s for you. Competitors will be given a passage to read to the audience as if you were a news anchor. Points will be awarded based on your presentation.

  • Tastes Like Home – Sunday 27 May 2012. Time: 11:00 PM

A competitive element will be introduced into the food fair, with the ‘Taste Like Home’ cook-off.

  • The ART Of THE Makeover – Sunday 27 May 2012

Video event. They’ll test the skills of the young brigade as they execute their craft and create works of art on willing participants.

  • The Fashion Fair Sunday, May 27, 2012 Time: 3:00 PM

This is another opportunity for these artisans to display their designs in the Hastings catwalk caper.

  • Musical Finale Sunday, May 27, 2012 Time: 6:00 PM

They end the Festival as it started – with a musical event in the Bandstand of the Hastings esplanade.

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  1. These ideas sound exciting and innovative.
    The objectives stated are expressed in broad developmental terms but I am not very clear about how visual artists can benefit from participating.
    For Souvenirs and artwork to become income generating products we have to motivate corporate Barbados, especially shops and department stores to purchase our products and Market them effectively. Buyers need to be made aware of some of the quality Souvenirs that are presently available and to be encouraged to explore the use of artwork for the development of a line of unique products { Mugs, Table Mats, Bags, T Shirts etc }
    Costing will need to be done and Funding made avaible for artists and craft persons to facilitate mass production.
    While I applaude your idea I feel that clearly defined structures must be put in place to ensure the achievement of the stated objectives.

  2. Actually NIFCA is much more than just an event by Government to draw entry fees.
    NIFCA fosters the growth of the arts in Barbados, providing opportunities for school children to explore their innate creativity….through acting, dancing, writing, singing , cooking ,playing musical instruments and creating art and craft.
    Thank God for NIFCA it is the major creative programme in our Left Brain oriented educational system.
    If you visit the art and craft exhibition which has no entry fee you will see some art and craft that has the potential for developement into a variety of unique products.
    Interesting well made art and craft items can also be viewed and purchased at the Crop Over Visual Arts Festival during July and the NCF’S Art Super Market from November to January.
    Once again the organizers of these events have failed to put the necessary structures in place that will allow coporate Barbados and buyers for shops and department stores to be aware of what is available.

  3. Its always great to hear how well the creative industries in other countries are doing.
    What is the Model that they are using to grow the creative industries?
    Is there anything that we can learn from thier approach?
    What can we adjust ,to suit our particular situation so that the impressive figures in writing jump off the page and become reality for visual artists and crafts persons and other arts practioners.
    For visual art and craft to become sustainable we must see our art and craft in offices, companies, hotels government departments, schools , outdoor spaces.


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