Many unique and fun facets of Barbados’ cultural and heritage scene will probably be on display at Portvale Sugar Factory, St James on July 2, when the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) officially starts the 2022 Crop Over Festival.
The Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes which signals the festival’s opening, will start for the primary time on the Rock Hall Freedom Village, St Thomas, before the procession winds its way all the way down to a magically transformed Portvale Factory Yard.
The island’s last remaining operational sugar factory is the backdrop for a vibrant, enthralling festive fair and launch event, dubbed Sugar Mek It Sweet.
Certainly one of the numerous reasons to be at Portvale early is the chance for no less than 20 patrons to enjoy a free two-hour session of Sip-and-Paint with artist and teacher Pedro Taitt.
The art instructor with the Community Development Department will put canvases, easels, paint, and paint brushes within the hands of no less than 20 lucky patrons, who will sip their favourite drinks while painting their very own masterpieces under the guidance of Taitt.
To make the evening much more special, the lucky patrons will get to maintain their art pieces.
“It’s my way of giving back to the community and a possibility for people to see the service that I offer, and realise that anyone will be taught to color,” he disclosed.
Taitt says participating will probably be on a first-come basis and it’s open to individuals from the age of nine years.
“So long as you possibly can hold a paint brush, even if you happen to are 100-years-old, you’re welcome to hitch us. There will probably be two two-hour sessions with 10 participants in each group.
In the world of art and craft will probably be Sue-Ann Gilkes, a neighborhood producer of high-quality clothing and jewellery, under the Island Girls brand.
Gilkes has been producing jewellery and clothing for 3 a long time and he or she is encouraging Barbadians to come back out and support local artists and craft individuals.
“We now have suffered greatly in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and plenty of of us are still going through a troublesome time. It’s our livelihood and source of income. So, we’re asking everyone to come back out to the opening gala for Crop Over to support artists like myself,” she entreated.
The Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes is a free event for all the family featuring Grand Kadooment and Foreday Morning costumes, stilt walkers, shaggy bears, tuk bands, the Land Ship, the Barbados Police Service Band, food, art, craft, drinks, stick licking and Bajan cuisine demonstrations, together with a contingent from the Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church. (PR)