Barbadian artistes can now apply to produce indigenous items for sale using the CARIFESTA XIII logo. Local artistes can apply to the CARIFESTA Secretariat via the application form on the website www.carifesta.net, no later than Saturday, April 18.
The logo, designed by Barbadian graphic artist, Allan Lowe, can now be reproduced on indigenous or handmade items for free by registered artistes.
However, business persons who wish to duplicate the logo on commercially produced or imported branded items such as cups, mugs, pens, t-shirts, etc., will have to pay a license fee of BDS $500 for reproducing one item or BDS $1,000 for up to three different items. This payment is to be made to the CARIFESTA XIII Secretariat, Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael.
According to Festival Director for CARIFESTA XIII, Andrea Wells, the license fee will ensure that persons do not indiscriminately use the logo, or prevent artistes from benefiting.
Full details on the use of the logo can be obtained on the CARIFESTA website, where completed forms should be submitted, along with a photo of the prototype of the intended product, by the stated deadline.
Artistes applying must be registered with the National Cultural Foundation, the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority Artiste Registry, or the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation. They must attach a copy of their registration certificate, or a letter from any of these approved agencies as proof of their registration.
CARIFESTA takes place biennially in different countries across the region. This year, it will be held in Barbados from August 17 to 27 under the theme: Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating OurSelves.