Culture Minister Saddened By Shooting

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Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, has expressed sympathy on behalf of the Government of Barbados to those affected in the shooting incident which occurred at the end of Grand Kadooment on Monday. Addressing the media during a press briefing in his Ministry’s conference room in Sky Mall, Mr. Lashley stated: “We are deeply saddened by the senseless …

Kadooment Should Reflect Emancipation

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The Director for the Commission of Pan African Affairs (CPAA), Deryck Murray, has expressed the view that the Kadooment festivities should represent Emancipation. While speaking to the media at the Bongani Festival at Blenheim Playing Field on Emancipation Day, the Director indicated that cultural practitioners needed to place more emphasis on Emancipation during what could be described as Crop Over’s …

When A Good Friend Becomes An Enemy

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As the Crop Over finale approaches, a local psychiatrist has warned of the serious risks posed to physical and mental health by alcohol abuse. In Barbados, she notes, the rum shop is almost a cornerstone of many communities and since alcohol is legal, the only major restriction on consumption is good judgement. Consultant psychiatrist at the Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Jo-Anne …

Beware Of Alcohol Abuse During Festival

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As Barbadians approach the height of this year’s Crop Over Festival, they have been warned about the consequences of abusing alcohol. Acting Senior Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ingrid Cumberbatch, speaking at a dialogue on The Safe Use of Alcohol in Barbados last Friday, told participants that not only was there evidence of heavy episodic alcohol consumption or binge drinking …

Crop Over Food Safety Seminar

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A health education seminar, focused on food safety and targeted at all those who will be involved in selling food at Crop Over events, takes place on Thursday, July 20. Principal Environmental Health Officer at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic, Anthony Small, stressed that it was important for operators of food businesses and all their food handlers to attend the seminar, …

Culture Minister Lauds Private Sector

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Members of the private sector have come in for high praise from Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, following the donation of a car for the winner of the Festival Designer of the Year for Crop Over 2017. Speaking yesterday at the launch of the Soca Royale Competition at McEnearney Quality Inc. (MQI), Mr. Lashley expressed appreciation to Consolidated Finance and …

NCF Will Continue To Collaborate

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The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) will continue to collaborate with its various stakeholders to choose the Crop Over awardees yearly. This assertion came from Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, during an interview on the sidelines of the Crop Over Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes, at the King George V Memorial Park last weekend. Stating that this move …

Crop Over Changes To Come

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This year’s Crop Over Festival will see several significant changes being implemented by Government. Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, made this disclosure recently during a press conference at his Ministry in Sky Mall. According to the Minister, after a meeting with Crop Over stakeholders, namely the Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM), it was concluded that there needed to be an …

Crop Over Stall Spaces For Sale

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The public is advised that stall spaces for all events on the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) official Crop Over calendar, will be available for sale shortly. Appointments will be made for long-standing vendors to purchase stall spaces from Monday, May 22, to Wednesday, May 24. Other interested vendors are invited to purchase stall spaces starting from Thursday, May 25. Vendors …

Changes Coming For Crop Over Festival

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Dialogue has begun between the Ministry of Culture and various stakeholders to examine how best to improve the Crop Over Festival. Speaking at the Catch The Feeling: Crop Over Sponsors Launch last Friday at Ilaro Court, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, stated that as time progressed, Barbados’ must adapt its offerings to match the needs of a varying target audience, without compromising its cultural identity. “There is a need for continuous review …