Creatives get kudos
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.