Cre­atives get ku­dos

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

Bar­ba­dos has to con­tinue plac­ing those be­hind the scenes at the fore­front of the cre­ative sec­tor. It is by do­ing this that the sec­tor can flour­ish.

This view was ex­pressed by Na­tional Cul­tural Foun­da­tion (NCF) act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­drea Wells on Wed­nes­day dur­ing the award cer­e­mony for NIFCA Massy Cre­ators.

“What we have found that as Bar­ba­dos is seek­ing to po­si­tion it­self to mov­ing to­wards a wider ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the arts and the cre­ative sec­tor, via in­fu­sions in the cre­ative econ­omy, it is the cre­ators who ul­ti­mately own the copy­right there­fore you have to feed the source if we’re go­ing to have a more abun­dant pro­duc­tion,” she said.

Wells ex­plained that the award cer­e­mony was cre­ated eight years ago as the NCF re­alised there was no prize to recog­nise the cre­ators of the artis­tic pro­duc­tions at the Na­tional In­de­pen­dence Fes­ti­val Of The Cre­ative Arts (NIFCA).

Massy took up spon­sor­ship of the award cer­e­mony four years ago, and di­rec­tor of the Massy Foun­da­tion, Ann He­witt, ex­plained that the or­gan­i­sa­tion had do­nated over $60 000 to the fund in terms of ad­min­is­tra­tion and is­su­ing the prizes.

She also noted the im­por­tance of ac­knowl­edg­ing those be­hind the scenes.

“As a proud Bar­ba­dian who was raised on a steady diet of NIFCA over the past 45 years, I want to thank NCF for the tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion it has made in en­hanc­ing cul­tural ap­pre­ci­a­tion and fu­elling its de­vel­op­ment,” He­witt said.

“More­over, I want to com­mend you for the fore­sight over the past eight years in recog­nis­ing that the be­hindthe-scene cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers are equally im­por­tant and as de­serv­ing of ac­knowl­edg­ment as their on­stage coun­ter­parts,” she added.

This year’s awardees are Olivia Hall for danc­ing and chore­og­ra­phy and Kenneth “Jack” Lewis in the area of di­rect­ing.

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