Barbados needs to host more music festivals in an effort to boost the diversity of its cultural product.

This was reiterated by Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, as he addressed the launch of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari last evening at Hilton Barbados.

Mr. Lashley said an increase in festivals was essential, especially given Government’s thrust to grow the cultural industries. "I, therefore, want to congratulate the organisers for heeding my call to have more festivals which, in my view, will help to provide more spending options for visitors and Barbadians, thereby stimulating economic activity," he stated.

The Minister stressed that the Jazz Safari would give local artistes greater exposure since they would have an opportunity to interact with, and learn from, international artistes. "It also gives international performers and producers a chance to see firsthand the wealth of talent which we have in Barbados," he added.

Mr. Lashley pointed out that the Crop Over Festival, which has generated over $80 million in the economy, had grown phenomenally over the past three years and was a good example to be followed by promoters.

The first leg of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari started in Barbados last night and continues over the next four days.


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