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On Wednesday February 3, 2016, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly chaired a meeting with senior representatives from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, the Ministry of Tourism and a delegation from Barbados led by The Honourable Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth.  The meeting sought to initiate discussions on the strengthening of diplomatic ties between Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados through the arts and culture.

  • At the meeting, Minister Gadsby-Dolly reiterated the importance of diplomatic partnerships and discussions which support knowledge transfer at the national level. Trinidad and Tobago can learn from other countries, such as Barbados, which, by necessity, have already made significant strides in the diversification of their economies.
  • Similarly, Minister Lashley indicated his desire to establish additional collaborative initiatives between both countries, allowing for the sharing of information and resources for mutually beneficial outcomes. One such example was the further engagement of steelpan professionals from Trinidad and Tobago to support the enhancement of the skills and abilities of practitioners in Barbados in the area of steelpan tuning and playing. .
  • The meeting was part of the Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, Crop Over and Carnival Exchange Programme, 2016.  The objective of the programme is the sharing of best practices with respect to Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival and Barbados’ Crop Over. During this visit, the Barbados Delegation will engage in dialogue and exchange information on cultural practices with local artistic bodies and observe our National Carnival events. 
  •   The Junior Calypso Monarch, National Calypso Monarch, Groovy Soca Monarch and Power Soca Monarch from Trinidad and Tobago would be hosted by the Government of Barbados and will give various performances during Crop Over 2016.
  •   The National Carnival Commission (NCC) and the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados (NCF) will collaborate to coordinate workshops during Crop Over 2016 to educate and inform cultural practitioners from Barbados on aspects of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. This workshop will be an important step for furthering the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival throughout the region.
  •  The Government of Barbados, through the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), has also invited the Chairman, Mr. Kenneth De Silva, and theChief Executive Officer of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Michael Guyadeen, to attend 2016 Barbados Crop Over.

The meeting was part of the Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, Crop Over and Carnival Exchange Programme, 2016.  The objective of the programme is sharing of best practices with respect to Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival and Barbados’ Crop Over. During this visit, the Barbados Delegation will seek to further strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries through engaging in dialogue and exchange of cultural practices with local artistic bodies, and observation of our National Carnival events. 

Over the past five years, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados have been developing cultural relations through reciprocal visits and activities including the following:

§  A delegation headed by the Honourable Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth from Barbados visited Trinidad for Carnival 2015 to speak about Crop Over as well as to observe Trinidad and Tobago carnival.  In addition, The Government of Barbados, through the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), invited senior officials from the National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) to the 2015 Barbados Crop Over.

§  The Junior Calypso Monarch, National Calypso Monarch, Groovy Soca Monarch and Power Soca Monarch from Trinidad and Tobago were hosted by the Government of Barbados and gave various performances during Crop Over 2015.

§  The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) and the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados (NCF) collaborated to host workshops during Crop Over 2015 aimed at educating and informing cultural practitioners from Barbados on aspects of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. This workshop was an important step for furthering the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival throughout the region.

§  The NCF also invited Pan Musicians to conduct some developmental workshops with Barbadian steel bandsmen in preparation for Crop Over 2015. This visit was extremely fruitful for all parties.

§  The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) of Barbados invited the National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago to participate in Crop Over 2013 and perform at the Prime Minister’s residence. This exchange was also a resounding success.

§  Trinidad and Tobago collaborated with Barbados in the Decades of Dance Festival which took place in Trinidad from October 9-15, 2011 with two dance companies from Barbados participating in the festival.

§  Since 2005, the Junior Calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago has been invited to perform at Barbados Crop Over.  

 

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Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly with The Honourable Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth from Barbados.