Ba­jan tal­ent not utilised enough

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IN THE MID­WEEK NA­TION of De­cem­ber 5 on Page 11, I read an ar­ti­cle (in Ed­i­tor’s Note­book) with faint sad­ness: Bring Back Broad­way, For QEH’S Sake. We just can­not seem to shake our de­pen­dence on things for­eign.

I had the plea­sure this year of wit­ness­ing some pre­sen­ta­tions at NIFCA from which the lo­cal or­gan­is­ers can choose to fill the gap left by the Broad­way To Bar­ba­dos Char­i­ta­ble Trust, and cre­ate a tra­jec­tory for our own young and bril­liant ac­tors. There is a wealth of Bar­ba­dian tal­ent that can show­case Broad Street to Bar­ba­dos to raise some of the needed funds for the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal (QEH)’S sake! But??? Uhm!!! Just a minute! Couldn’t the QEH, or who­ever, reach out to the Na­tional

Cul­tural Foun­da­tion (NCF) for help to fill the void? Of course not! In peo­ple’s mind, the NCF or­gan­ises only the wuk-up, prance-up, wine-down Crop

Over Fes­ti­val. Fur­ther­more, a lo­calised Broad­way (Broad Street) show may be too low-class for that cer­tain group of Bar­ba­di­ans and res­i­dents whose noses are too high and straight to be seen sup­port­ing things Bar­ba­dos.

Tremen­dous im­pact

I do not be­lieve this is true. It is re­ally just a myth­i­cal crea­ture, stalk­ing Bar­ba­dos, that has been al­lowed to grow wings.

The ar­ti­cle read: “The re­sponse has been tremen­dous, with many pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions reach­ing out to help. This is why an event such as Broad­way To Bar­ba­dos is so im­por­tant. It is not the kind of show which may have mass ap­peal, but its im­pact is tremen­dous.”

Em­brace our own

Hello? Are we now too shy to reach out to the same “many pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als” and or­gan­i­sa­tions for help? What do you de­duce from this? Will we ever wake up and em­brace our own?

The very, very sad re­al­ity is that for too long Bar­ba­di­ans have been pro­grammed to be­lieve that our tiny is­land is made up of three islets, and it would take a feat of in­testi­nal for­ti­tude to swim the chasm for the mid­dle and lower islets to ap­proach, far less get help from, “the many pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions” far out in the higher islet.

The ques­tion is, will they want to rub shoul­ders with the pro­le­tariat? Will they want to be pho­tographed in the Na­tion’s So­cial Scene, laugh­ing and sip­ping wine with the plebs? Not even

“For QEH’S Sake”? I won­der!

How sad is the thought? Si­lence! Not a word from you! Of course, you may pay, but you def­i­nitely do not want to be seen rub­bing shoul­ders with the herd. I chal­lenge you to say oth­er­wise.

Oh! When will we ever stop be­ing slaves to things for­eign and em­brace what we have right here at home?



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