Monday 27 January, 2020

Grange heads Jamaica's 168-member team to CARIFESTA

Jamaica’s 168-strong delegation to the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA) which got underway in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, is being headed by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange.

CARIFESTA XIV will be held from August 16 to 25 under the theme ‘Connect, Share, Invest’.

This is Jamaica’s biggest ever delegation to the bi-annual event and is significantly more than the 50-member team that attended CARIFESTA in Barbados in 2017. CARIFESTA is the largest cultural and artistic event to be staged in the Caribbean.

According to Grange, CARIFESTA presents an opportunity for Jamaican creatives to market their products and services.

“This year, Jamaica is sending one of the biggest delegations ever to CARIFESTA — 168 people including artisans, fashion designers, writers and publishers, dance companies, theatre groups, and gospel performer Kevin Downswell,” said Grange.

Grange’s Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has facilitated Jamaica’s participation in CARIFESTA 2019 through the financial support of 73 performers in the delegation.

The Culture Minister said it was important for the Ministry to help finance the delegation especially after the tremendous success of Jamaica’s delegation to the last CARIFESTA two years ago.

“We are the mecca of creativity and we are determined to monetise our creativity for larger income flows to practitioners, and facilitating the participation of Jamaican creatives in activities such as CARIFESTA helps us to achieve our objective,” Grange stated.


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