BARBADOS ARTISAN & HERITAGE FESTIVAL LAUNCHED WITH BLESSING OF FREUNDEL STUART REGIME

The inaugural Barbados Artisan and Heritage Festival (BAHF) will be held on Sunday December 15, 2013 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on the grounds of George Washington House, The Historic Garrison Savannah, St. Michael.

This Festival is designed to build a creative, educational, dynamic new forum for the sale and exposure of the superlative crafts and art produced on the island. Taking place on the historic property of George Washington House, a venue that speaks to the rich heritage of Barbados, the Festival will reflect several Barbadian traditions including crafts, cuisine, rhythms and libations.

Supported by Barbados Investment Development Corporation, The Ministry of Culture, the National Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Tourism, The Barbados National Trust, the Garrison Consortium, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, and several other organizations, it is believed that such an event represents the best outlet through which those participating can market their products to visitors and locals alike. The Festival is also one of the major events on the calendar for Tourism Week 2013.

Supported by Barbados Investment Development Corporation, The Ministry of Culture, the National Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Tourism, The Barbados National Trust, the Garrison Consortium, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, and several other organizations, it is believed that such an event represents the best outlet through which those participating can market their products to visitors and locals alike. The Festival is also one of the major events on the calendar for Tourism Week 2013.

This event is the brainchild of Bajan designer Catherine Rocheford. Her partners in this venture are Glenn Brathwaite, Lena Nicholson and Kathie Daniel, who are all experienced creative professionals with a deep and abiding love of their country and its culture.

At Bagnall Point recently, Festival creator Catherine Rocheford described the benefits of this event for the entire Bajan economy, as the superlative quality of the items on sale would stand up against international competition, providing excellent value for money for buyers, and keeping much needed foreign exchange at home. This Festival, as it grows, would also provide developmental opportunities for the artisans, as well as educating the public about our history and heritage.

At Bagnall Point recently, Festival creator Catherine Rocheford described the benefits of this event for the entire Bajan economy, as the superlative quality of the items on sale would stand up against international competition, providing excellent value for money for buyers, and keeping much needed foreign exchange at home. This Festival, as it grows, would also provide developmental opportunities for the artisans, as well as educating the public about our history and heritage.

Peter Stevens of the Garrison Consortium was enthusiastic about the concept as being the perfect means to make the most of the island’s rich cultural heritage and historic appeal. Public relations and marketing manager, Kathie Daniel, pointed out that the one thing that no other place could claim to have was Barbadian creativity and entrepreneurship, as demonstrated by this group of people who are willing to do something to stimulate the economy instead of just complaining.

Event manager Lena Nicholson also outlined the logistics of the event, stressing that like disciplines would be housed together in tents in the car park, while the food and drink would be on the lawns and closer to the actual House. There will also be “old tyme” bus rides on a restored “Rocklin” bus, and tours of the heritage House itself, something fun yet educational for the entire family. The Ministry of Education has been asked to facilitate the attendance of school children as this is a wonderful opportunity for them to interact with artisans, especially if they are working on School Based Assessments for CXC.

The response by the artistic community has been very heartening, with immediate support and participation from several individuals, and a steady stream of registrations arriving daily.

Tickets will be on sale later this week from several box offices around the island, and further announcements will be forthcoming.

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