Come Friday, October 26, historic Bridgetown will no longer be known as the capital that sleeps after major economic activity has ceased – at least for the next three months.
The Bridgetown Development Committee, in collaboration with the Urban Development Commission (UDC) and other partners, will stage Friday Night Live, an event aimed at integrating commerce, culture and heritage.
Details about the initiative were rolled out during a press conference in the UDC’s training room, NSR building, Bridge Street, St. Michael, yesterday.
UDC Director, Derek Alleyne, utilised the Oistins open-air fish fry concept to highlight the importance of enlivening Bridgetown after hours.?? "…We do not want to take from Oistins…we want to find a niche by having activities that would force people to come to Bridgetown and participate in the events," he added,
Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Revitilisation of the Bridgetown Initiative, Sharon Christie,said: "Our goal with the revitalization of Bridgetown is to return the City to the centre of business and entertainment in the Caribbean." She also expressed a desire to see a hotel erected there.
The UDC’s Project Officer, Sean Fields, in his introduction of the Bridgetown Development Committee, mentioned the importance of forging collaborative ties in "catapulting Bridgetown into a viable, environmentally friendly, sociable place of work and in the near future, as a place to live".
"Many of our agencies both in the public and private sectors, have attempted initiatives on their own that overlap.?? ??By pooling our limited resources and technical expertise, we can reduce the overlap; draw on each other’s strengths; reduce individual outputs; and cut through some of the red tape [that impedes progress].
"I believe this partnership allows for the growth and development of symbiotic relationships that work for the mutual advancement of all stakeholders," Mr. Fields surmised.
The event, which begins at 5:00 p.m. and concludes at 11:00 p.m. in Independence Square, will feature boat rides along the careenage and lifting of the Chamberlain Bridge in which a section would be transformed to a pop-up wine lounge.?? There will also be a vendors market.
Friday Night Live will be the first of three events which will be held to boost pedestrian traffic after hours.