NIFCA weekend of mixed disciplines
The preliminaries have ended and the semi-finalists have been selected for the first National Independence Festival Of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Performing Arts semifinal this weekend.
It starts tonight at the the Lester Vaughan Secondary School and continues tomorrow and Sunday at the Major Noot Hall at the Combermere School.
The second semifinal weekend is set to start on Friday, October 12, this time at the Alexandra School, and will run until Sunday, October 14, with the performances being held at the Combermere School for the other two days.
The performances chosen from the semi-final stage will advance to the finals. At this point the format will change to discipline – specific nights and a mixed night for the juniors. The dance, music and junior nights will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall and the theatre arts presentations at the Daphne Josephhackett Theatre.
Last Saturday there was a hive of activity on the road last Saturday as the celebrations began for NIFCA 2018 to mark 45 years of excellence in the arts.
The promotional road show, tagged NIFCA Pun De Road, was not only designed to keep its publics in the know and to generate awareness about the start of the upcoming festival, but also to step out into the community, taking the arts into popular/high traffic spaces.
For a few hours the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) turned the decibels all the way up with interviews and performances live on the road which saw the NCF moving a 40-ft trailer full of talent from their headquarters at West Terrace, St James, making four exciting stops in Bridgetown and then heading to the Massy Stores Supercentre car park in Warrens for the final 45-minute presentation.
The performances included a cross section of long-time participants who are considered as some of the stakeholders in the festival, alongside a few of the young, up and coming awardees.
They are all an embodiment of what the NCF was trying to showcase – the sheer talent within these shores and the many participants who owe their careers to the recognition received on the NIFCA stage.