This past Saturday, the island’s most electrifying cultural event kicked off with a crowd-pleasing spectacle throughout the capital city of Bridgetown.
The Republic Bank Crop Over Opening Gala And Ceremonial Delivery Of The Last Canes brought Bridgetown alive for a few hours, with parades and culminated in Queen’s Park with performances and other entertainment.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, acknowledged that the festival remains a beacon of culture for the island, and in addition to the merriment surrounding Crop Over, he urged participants to also reflect on the history and heritage that drives the festival. While revelry is part of culture, we should also remember that this is the Season of Emancipation, and part of our achievement as a small developing nation, Lashley said at the in Queen’s Park. The Minister also touted all the unique opportunities and benefits the event brings.
The festival is of great economic value, he said. We have to now devise new ways to take advantage. Vendors, promoters, artistes, even taximen, all will benefit. Taking time out to speak on the inscription of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Lashley said the growth of the festival was noticeable over the past three years and the Heritage Walk was sold out again.
For further information on the 2013 Crop Over Festival, visit www.barbadoscropoverfestival.com