Come next Saturday, November 01, Bridgetown will again come alive with “blue and gold” when the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat (CICS) hosts its annual Lighting Ceremony and Bajan Brew at Independence Square, the City.

The event, now in its 12th year, will get under way at 5:30 p.m. and will be held under the theme “Celebrating our Communities…Preserving our Heritage”.

A highlight of this year’s programme is the tribute to local cultural icon Barbados Landship, which will be performed by the Israel Lovell Foundation Tuk Band.

Other performers are the Lester Vaughn Gospel Choir; the combined schools of George Lamming, St. Mary’s, Westbury and Wesley Hall Primary and the Barbados Community College Orchestra.

The official opening will wrap up with a medley of calypso classics ‘Bim, I Love You’, ‘It’s a Paradise’ and ‘Culture’ by veteran calypsonians Red Plastic Bag, Ronnie D and Gabby, respectively.

Following the Lighting Ceremony, the Bajan Brew will showcase a potpourri of local talent with performances in dance, song, poetry and drama.

Among those who will take the stage are the Silvertones, Praise Academy, Winston Farrell, Buggy, a combined Folk Chorale, Mike Grosvenor and the 2008 Pic-o-de-Crop winner, Adrian ‘AC’ Clarke.

Patrons will also be introduced to the Parish Independence Committee members, the Attendant of the Year and the Most Outstanding Ambassadors for 2007.

All persons are invited to attend.

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