Ed­i­tor’s Note

Crop Over Souvenir - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

The 2018 Crop Over fes­ti­val promised to be big­ger and bet­ter, and it was! As with pre­vi­ous years, this, one of the sweet­est fes­ti­vals, was the epit­ome of a great pro­duc­tion. It of­fered good vibes and cap­ti­vat­ing en­ter­tain­ment from be­gin­ning to end – the live per­for­mances of sweet soca, hip-jolt­ing bash­ment/party mu­sic and calypso; the metic­u­lously be­jew­elled cos­tumes, the mouth­wa­ter­ing food and friendly at­mos­phere – oh, it was truly an oc­ca­sion for mak­ing mem­o­ries!

From June through Au­gust, we were able to en­joy the well put to­gether shows and cul­tural ex­hi­bi­tions. How­ever, we rarely ever think about what hap­pens be­hind the scenes, the method be­hind the magic. So this year, we de­cided to take a closer look at Crop Over, fo­cus­ing some of our at­ten­tion on the mak­ing of the fes­ti­val. In this is­sue, you will there­fore no­tice that, amidst the event cov­er­age, there are ar­ti­cles that fea­ture peo­ple. It’s the peo­ple – cos­tume de­signer, the makeup artist, the vis­i­tors, the en­ter­tain­ers etc. – who make the fes­ti­val great.

This year, we saw a few changes to the fes­ti­val. This in­cludes the re­vamped Bridgetown Mar­ket, which had a new site at Spring Gar­den near the Flour Mill. New events were added to the Na­tional Cul­tural Foun­da­tion’s of­fi­cial Crop Over cal­en­dar such as the BTPA Crop Over Culi­nary Her­itage Bus

Tour and the Cen­tral Bank Crop Over Vis­ual Arts Vil­lage and Art Walk. With the guid­ance of the newly-ap­pointed Min­is­ter of Cre­ative Econ­omy, Cul­ture and Sports, John King, I’m sure that next year’s Crop Over sea­son will be just as en­joy­able.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Mr Blood, Mikey, Lil Rick, Browne Star and Quon! As you pe­ruse this sou­venir, you will spot these per­form­ers. I sin­cerely hope you en­joy all the pho­tos and sto­ries we’ve pre­sented!

Leanne Tasher, Mag­a­zine man­age­ment

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