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