To Sponsor or Not To Sponsor, this is the Rub: Icil Phillips’ Theatre Eyes on Facebook gripes, but does it Solve or Suggest?

In the Barbadian contingent of Facebook, a former BCC teacher has been making the rounds kvetching how the price of Hamlet at the Museum is so steep, when shown there is no financial support from either Government or the Private sector except for a very small few, all Icil Phillips can do is keep listing alternatives yet not state how the objectives can be met – especially within such an incredibly short time-frame… To sponsor or not to sponsor? This is the rub

Icil needs to bear in mind how most Barbadians are once it concerns culture - Since this world tour of Hamlet has us aware, let us be fully aware of these other idiosyncrasies which (unfortunately) are all too endemic of Barbadian society... While the USA has Kennedy Center and PBS, and over in the UK there are multiple theatrical agencies supported by wealthy thespians like Sir Patrick Stewart, Dames Helen Mirren and Judith Dench...

Icil needs to bear in mind how most Barbadians are once it concerns culture – Since this world tour of Hamlet has us aware, let us be fully aware of these other idiosyncrasies which (unfortunately) are all too endemic of Barbadian society… While the USA has Kennedy Center and PBS, and over in the UK there are multiple theatrical agencies supported by wealthy thespians like Sir Patrick Stewart, Dames Helen Mirren and Judith Dench

In Barbados, in this the 21st Century, if a body says they want to be an actor or singer, director or film score editor or conductor… The reply 98% of the time is? “YES, BUT WHAT DO YOU REALLY DO?” The majority of Barbadians are taught to be cultural zombies. The only way both Private Sector and Government will be caught sponsoring cultural initiatives and are seen jumping to the fore, is if Elections are near – one side does it to pull votes; while the other side does it to make sure the ruling party gives them concessions…

So when Icil notes how a British play offers free tickets as a marketing ploy, applying this same tactic to a Barbadian level is futile. Even in Jamaica and Trinidad, they take Culture far more seriously than we do (their airports have shops, plural, dedicated to Art) - the idea of a loan here for enjoying and/or celebrating Kadooment is deemed ridiculous, while it is the norm for Carnival in Port Of Spain time out of mind. (CLICK FOR BIGGER)

So when Icil notes how a British play offers free tickets as a marketing ploy, applying this same tactic to a Barbadian level is futile. Even in Jamaica and Trinidad, they take Culture far more seriously than we do (their airports have shops, plural, dedicated to Art) – the idea of a loan here for enjoying and/or celebrating Kadooment is deemed ridiculous, while it is the norm for Carnival in Port Of Spain time out of mind. (CLICK FOR BIGGER)

What needs to be done is to engage a paradigm shift where both Government and Private Sector are MADE to support the Arts – Cultural augmentation is not Wuk Up alone – if no Public Sector aid is forthcoming then NCF’s Cohobblopot should get shunned, yet if Banks Breweries sponsors a play or a concert? By extension, other beers like Carib, Heineken and Stag should go dry & suck salt until they also provide for events – I can add so many other examplesWe are many, they are fewlet them feel it!

If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive
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