For the third and last time for the 2022 Crop Over season, creative artisans from across the country got their probability to display their impressive works for the ultimate NCF Arts & Artisanal Pop Up.
Despite periodic showers on Saturday, scores of Barbadians and visitors made their technique to Golden Square Freedom Park to see the numerous works on offer, in addition to benefit from the local entertainment — including among the biggest acts for the festive season.
Senior Business Development Officer of the National Cultural Foundation Andre Hoyte told Barbados TODAY that the initiative has been a hit, with most of the artisans over the course of the season being pleased with the platform they got to showcase their works.
“The popups were a way for the NCF to attach the artisanal community to the festival. You understand we at all times say that we’re greater than a carnival, so I believe that the popups really provided that chance for a number of the visual artists and artisans to get their products on the market and reconnect with audiences, and for a number of Barbadians and even visitors to get a taste and pick up things that they probably didn’t have in their very own possession and buy them,” he said.
Hoyte said the reviews from patrons have been great, with the NCF hoping that next yr’s Bridgetown Market, which was not held in the identical fashion this yr, could possibly be boosted in a roundabout way with the experience the inspiration has now from successful arts and sweet lime popups, which occurred through the course of this season.
“A whole lot of the artisans said what an ideal help it was for them throughout the festival, with the absence of a physical Bridgetown Promote it was capable of allow them to ensure they [still] got sales for his or her product. We also used the popups as we did with the Sweet Limes to actually give artists the platform for his or her music and to showcase it and connect it with audiences who wouldn’t normally have the chance to. Overall I believe it worked thoroughly, and I’m looking forward to what we might be doing in 2023.” (SB)