The delegation representing St.Vincent and the Grenadines at the 2017 Carifesta (Caribbean Festival of Arts) is already making an impact at the regional arts festival in Barbados.
Marlon Joseph hospitality officer at St.Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority and a member of the local delegation says his organization took the opportunity to make a presence at Carifesta as the event attracts many from the region, which is one of St.Vincent and the Grenadines’ largest tourism market.
So far, according to Mr. Joseph, the response to the SVG booth has been fabulous.
The private sector is represented by 12 members of the Small business operators.
The delegation has representatives in different categories; two in agro processed goods (gourmet section), two in the craft section, six in the country booth showcasing health and wellness, jewellery and fashion.
The designers are part of 41 regional designers showcasing their creations at Carifesta 2017. Their designs were on display at one of the daily fashion shows held on Sunday. Both are said to have been well received.
Centre for Enterprise Development (CED) training coordinator Keisha Phillips says since the opening of the Grand market on Saturday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) there has been a steady flow of Barbadians and visitors and she is very happy with the support.
Meanwhile, the local dance troop gave a wonderful performance on Saturday evening at the Christ Church Foundation School. The second scheduled performance was postponed to accommodate the opening ceremony which was rescheduled from Friday August 18 to Sunday 20 due to the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey.
The local delegation gave a stunning performance at country night held on the grounds of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
The show featured cultural dance performance as well as soca artists and cultural ambassadors Rondy“Luta”McIntosh, Gamal“Skinn Fabulous” Doyle, Hance John, Lornette “Fya Empress” Nedd reigning Calypso Monarch, Jamarie “L Pank” Stapleton and Zamfir “Man Zangie” Adams.