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…
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…
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 examples… We are many, they are few – let 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.