Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley, has once again called on Barbadians to stage more community-based festivals.
He made this appeal as he addressed the 2013 Crop Over Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes in Queen???s Park last Saturday.
???Community festivals can do a lot to bring communities together, to create a sense of unity and they offer opportunities to earn money.
???I want to repeat my call to enterprising individuals across Barbados to develop more community???based festivals,??? he stressed.
Pointing to the successes of Oistins, Holetown and the newer St. Philip and St. Peter festivals, he assured patrons at the Gala that Government had no desire to contain the growth of Crop Over or any other festival. In fact, he affirmed that his Ministry would plan for growth.
???We will collaborate, through the National Cultural Foundation, with the relevant agencies [such as] the Police, the Fire Service, [and] the Sanitation Service Authority to ensure that our festivals grow in a positive, safe and manageable way,??? he outlined.
Earlier this year at the Oistins Fish Festival, Minister Lashley said Government was implementing a policy to develop the creative industries and noted that the legislation would encourage more persons to create more festivals.