CARIFESTA Interest High

THE 2017 CARIFESTA Secretariat has received over 62 applications from community groups interested in hosting events during the Festival, scheduled to be held in Barbados between August 17 and 27.

Speaking at a town hall meeting, at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed on Tuesday evening, Senior Cultural Officer at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Andrea Wells, told the audience that the Foundation was surprised, but pleased with the overwhelming response from community groups opting to participate in the Festival, on which Government is spending about US$3 million.

“They have sent in applications for their events to be recognised as part of the Community Fringe. They will stage them themselves and they have production responsibility for them. But once approved on the calendar, we can then recommend and schedule some of the visiting CARICOM acts to join them on their stages.

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