Several Changes For NIFCA 2017

Jamal Weekes Ministry News

The National Independence Festival for Creative Arts (NIFCA) will undergo several changes this year. This was revealed by Acting Chief Cultural Officer at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Alison Sealy-Smith, who spoke to members of the media during a press conference held at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, last Friday. According to Ms. Sealy-Smith, among the major changes …

NCF To Host Schools’ Drama Programme

Jamal Weekes Ministry News

The National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) Drama in Schools Programme will once again be offered during the 2017-2018 school year. The programme offers drama/theatre tuition on an ongoing basis, and includes theme-based sessions, which align with the national curriculum at every level, including CSEC Theatre Arts. The sessions, which are free of charge to schools, are conducted by specialist teachers who …

En Plein Air Artists Showcase Their Skills

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The historic architecture of Speightstown, the sparkling azure waters on the west coast and the rugged terrain of Chalky Mount, all provided panoramic views for local artists who participated in CARIFESTA XIII’s En Plein Air Painting event. En plein air is the act of painting outdoors. In French, it means “open air” or “outside”. This form of painting has been …

Writers’ Clinic Continues Next Month

Jamal Weekes Ministry News

The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is inviting interested persons to register for its ongoing Writers’ Clinic. The workshops, which focus on writing techniques and include feedback on participants’ work through ‘critique circles’, will take place on the third Saturday of each month at The St. Michael School. The next clinic is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 15, from …

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 …

Carifesta ’81 Oral History Project

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As Barbados gears up to host CARIFESTA XIII in August, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is looking to conduct a special research project for persons who participated in, worked at or witnessed any of the events of CARIFESTA 1981. According to Research Officer at the NCF, Michelle Springer, 36 years ago, Barbados experienced “a renaissance of national cultural expression” as …

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 …

NCF Writers’ Clinic Continues

Jamal Weekes Ministry News

The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is inviting interested persons to register for its ongoing Writers’ Clinic. The workshops, which focus on writing techniques and include feedback on participants’ work through ‘critique circles’, will take place on the third Saturday of each month at The St. Michael School. The next clinic is scheduled to take place this Saturday, May 20, from …

Crop Over Stall Spaces For Sale

Jamal Weekes Ministry News

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 …

NCF Junior Monarch Workshops

Jamal Weekes Ministry News

The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is inviting young persons aged seven to 18 to participate in a series of workshops for the 2017 Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch Competition. Participants of the Developing an Artiste Junior Monarch Workshops must either be citizens of Barbados or have legal residency. The first workshop entitled: The Craft of Songwriting, is scheduled for this Saturday, …