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Stakeholders welcome return of Crop Over

Artistes and other stakeholders are excited and desperate to see what the Crop Over festival holds this 12 months, after its long break due to COVID-19.

Speaking Friday throughout the launch of the Student Revolving Loan Fund and Sunshine Snacks People’s Selection competition at NCF headquarters, CEO of the National Cultural Foundation Carol Roberts-Reifer said the hunger for the festival was high going into the summer season, and despite COVID-19 still being on the minds of residents, the 2022 Crop Over festival goes well, due to the support of creatives.

“We’re doing this throughout the context of the COVID pandemic, and which means protocols and responsibilities and just a distinct way of doing things, but what should never change is our intent and our commitment to our creative expression.

“Whether you jump in a band, whether you design a band, whether you wuk up bad to music, whether you create music, whether you might be the vocals, backup artiste, producer … Whatever you do, I need to thanks very, very much for enjoying a fully vital role on this festival,” she said.

Head of the Barbados Association of Creatives and Artistes (BACA), Sean ‘Apache’ Carter, fully endorsed the festival’s return, adding that the interest on this 12 months’s Crop Over won’t only profit the larger corporations and groups, but additionally the smaller entrepreneurs who’ve experienced a big dip in profits over the course of the pandemic.

“We’re extremely joyful for the chance being provided to have a good time one other Crop Over after a two-year break that affected every aspect of the entertainment industry. I say affected, but really devastated every aspect of the entertainment sector. There’s actually much anticipation from the artistes and the general public at large for Crop Over. I feel that there are several advantages which can be related to Crop Over, because it pertains to even mental health, after which the impact it’s going to have on our economy.

The Student Revolving Loan Fund and Sunshine Snacks People’s Selection competition will run until June 29 with artistes being asked to submit their music via vote.ncf.bb, and after two stages of public voting, the ultimate 20 will then perform on the upcoming Soca Rukshun event in July. (SB)

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