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CARIFESTA survives TS Harvey

Monday, August 21, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The passage of Tropical Storm Harvey caused havoc with the flight arrivals and the rescheduling of performances at various venues for the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA) in Bridgetown, Barbados, forcing the Caribbean island to postpone the start of the regional event from Friday to Sunday.

The change of the opening ceremony to Sunday meant that there were performers and delegations who were taking part in the opening ceremony, who had to shelve their other scheduled performances to be available for the spectacle that took place at Kensington Oval, the organisers said.

However, several events went on before the opening ceremony, including the first of two Jamaica Nights, which was staged at the Grand Market at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Saturday night.

The second Jamaica Night is tonight at the Bay Street Esplanade, just south of Bridgetown, featuring comedians Ity and Fancy Cat, reggae legend Ernie Smith and newcomer Adazeh, an all female reggae on a concert titled “Comedy Roots, Rock 'n' Reggae”.

Jamaica's Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, who returned home last night from the regional event, said that she was happy that the event continues despite the threat from Tropical Storm Harvey.

The Jamaican contingent also includes L'Acadco Dance Company; Quilt Arts and Theatre Company; Fashion Designers Keneea Linton, Courtney Washington & Ayana Dixon; author, Shelly-Ann Weeks; and 10 craftsmen and women who are showcasing their wares in the categories of home and décor, fashion and accessories and skincare.

CARIFESTA is an international multicultural event organized on a periodic basis by Caribbean countries. The main purpose is to bring together artists, musicians, authors, and to exhibit the folkloric and artistic manifestations of the region. It ends on Sunday, August 27.

Balford Henry

 

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