???Spectacular??? Lighting Ceremony Sunday

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"Something Big" is happening in the City this coming Sunday, November 1.

That is when the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat (CICS) hosts its annual ???Lighting Ceremony and Bajan Brew’ in National Heroes Square, Bridgetown, at 5:30 p.m.

National Coordinator, Curtis Gibbons said this year’s event promises to be spectacular, showcasing several of the island’s top acts, as well as emerging talent from within the communities.

He observed that the three-hour long show was "one not to be missed" and encouraged all Barbadians to give their support to the celebrations which has as its theme, "From Country to Town…All Uh We Is One".

The first half of the show, the Lighting Ceremony, will include a potpourri of dance, song and melody, with performances by St. Mary’s Primary School, Rhema Dancers, Keitha Blackett, All Saints Primary School, Allison Norville-Forde and the Royal Barbados Police Force Band.

Member of Parliament for the City, Patrick Todd, will deliver remarks at the opening, while Minister of Community Development and Culture, Steve Blackett, will give the feature address.

Retired educator, Sybil Leacock, will have the honour of ???throwing the switch’ to light the City of Bridgetown.

Mr. Gibbons revealed that the second half of the show, ???Bajan Brew’, would get under way at 7:00 p.m., and would be headlined by reigning calypso monarch, Red Plastic Bag.

He will be joined by other crowd favourites such as Mikey, Salt, Lil Rick, Peter Ram, and Philip 7.

"We wanted to create a show for all ages – for the young and young at heart, and for lovers of calypso, dance, drama, folk and contemporary Barbadian music. We will continue to focus on the promotion of local music and the arts as we believe this is an event which all Barbadians can celebrate and enjoy," the National Coordinator opined.

Also scheduled to perform are Simon Alleyne, Tony Grazette, Barry Reid, Olakunde, Pride of Wilson Hill, Dance Strides and Salsa Caribe.

During the ???Bajan Brew’, patrons will be able to meet their Parish Independence Committee Members, Ambassadors and Attendants.

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