FISH & DRAGON FESTIVAL CELEBRATING BARBADOS CHINA FRIENDSHIP GETS BIG BOOST VIA C.B.B.

The Barbados China Friendship Association (BCFA), the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Central Bank of Barbados are collaborating to host the inaugural ‘Fish and Dragon Festival‘ from February 19 – 21, 2015.

In the context of larger relations between the Caribbean and Asia, the festival is designed to explore and celebrate the relationship between Barbados and China and to promote opportunities for cultural dialogues and exchanges, education, trade and travel.

In the context of larger relations between the Caribbean and Asia, the festival is designed to explore and celebrate the relationship between Barbados and China and to promote opportunities for cultural dialogues and exchanges, education, trade and travel.

The three day event, is programmed to celebrate the Lunar New Year celebrated as the Spring Festival in China and will feature varying art forms and cultural practices from both Barbados and China including health and wellness, culinary, visual and performing arts. All festival events are free of charge.

This year's festival kicks off with an educational seminar for secondary and tertiary education students and exhibition which opens on February 19 and runs until the February 22. On February 20 patrons can enjoy a night of films selected from both China and the Caribbean under the light of the new moon.

This year’s festival kicks off with an educational seminar for secondary and tertiary education students and exhibition which opens on February 19 and runs until the February 22. On February 20 patrons can enjoy a night of films selected from both China and the Caribbean under the light of the new moon.

The main event which takes the form of an all-day celebration on Saturday February 21 invites the Barbadian public to interact, hear, see, touch and taste Chinese and Barbadian cultural expressions culminating in a concert featuring the Tianjing Cathay Future Children’s Group and some of Barbados’ best local performing arts talents among which are the Mighty Gabby.

As a part of this process, the BCFA will be rebranded, and for the first time have an online presence including the possibility for interested members to sign up for the association online. In the long-term, the BCFA will work in partnership with all the contributors to the festival and in that way build up a critical base of relationships for future collaboration.

As a part of this process, the BCFA will be rebranded, and for the first time have an online presence including the possibility for interested members to sign up for the association online. In the long-term, the BCFA will work in partnership with all the contributors to the festival and in that way build up a critical base of relationships for future collaboration.

Speaking on the importance of the festival and the need for institutional strengthening as part of the Barbados China partnership, Ms. Sealy notes, “the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Central Bank of Barbados have thrown their full support behind these efforts to help the BCFA grow into an organisation that can assume the level of responsibility and output which would be expected especially in view of Barbados’ increasing engagement with China. The festival is the first of several projects which will position the BCFA as a community oriented organisation which invites participation and collaboration with strategic partners both in Barbados and China.”

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