NEWS from Barbados

June 01, 2019 


“Crop Over is not only a season of unity, music, party and revelry for us, but it continues to be a period of strong economic growth for the country. Its enormous entrepreneurial potential, the employment opportunities generated not only in the cultural industries but across a number of contributing industries, and the influx of visitors it attracts that bring with it an increase in foreign exchange, makes this festival one of the important economic drivers. We need this festival, we need this cultural tourism product and there is nary a chance that we can let anything threaten to destroy it,” the NCF CEO added/more


 May 23, 2019

Crop Over to reap sweets from BTMI’s push

TRE GREAVES, [email protected]

Things are looking up for Crop Over.

“Driving business to the island is never easy, but I think we are in a good position to grow on the new business model we are developing for Crop Over. We’re not confining ourselves to the Caribbean market or any one market . . We are an international destination, so we’re looking to New York, Toronto and London, especially for a new and younger audience. With our accommodations and our rates, we offer something that a lot of the other destinations don’t offer,” Griffith said.

He made the comments to the media yesterday at the Hilton Barbados Resort following the Rotary Club of Barbados’ lunchtime business meeting entitled 'The Role In Driving the growth of Tourism'. more


April  30, 2019


BAJARAMA's HOTT in name and value

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HOTT in title and in entertainment value, that’s the new BAJARAMA events, set to get Crop Over started ‘correct’ with an all-white affair on Saturday, May 4 at the National Cultural Foundation car park.

HOTT 95.3 FM, a member of the family of powerhouses in the Starcom Network of stations is teaming up with the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) as the title partner in this six pack, entertaining, family-friendly celebration in southern, central, easterly and westerly points on the island.

The HOTT BAJARAMAs, named for its focus on our (Roots, Arts, Music, Agriculture), will be setting the stage with a showcase of a diverse mix of elements that continue to allow us to boast of that unique selling proposition – Crop Over is more than a carnival. According to the design concept, it will ensure that we never forget the importance of our cultural Roots, buried deep in our rich multi-ethnic heritage; the stunning impact of our Visual Arts and Crafts; our world class, body-moving Music; and the reason we come together to celebrate between May and August every year – our Agriculture, specifically the story of sugar.

After the first event at the NCF Car Park, West Terrace, St. James with its call to action for Barbadians to Party in Peace this Crop Over, the journey continues to the Dover Playing Field in Christ Church on May 10, Three Houses Park in St. Philip on May 18, Bridgefield Playing Field in St. Thomas on May 24, Belleplaine Playing Field in St. Andrew on May 31, and culminating at the Friendship Playing Field in St. Michael on June 1.

With the HOTT BAJARAMAs, the Foundation is making a return to community-oriented events building momentum to the Festival with the countdown to the official public launch on June 8th. At each event there will be a different focus with day time Community Fairs for the entire family including a child-friendly area, held in collaboration with the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat (CICS) and three T-10 Cricket matches at specific venues. The Celebrity teams for these matches are soon to be announced.The Barbados Archives will have their Genealogy project available onsite where patrons can learn about their ancestry and trace their roots. Then, later in the night, expect exciting live entertainment with Soca artistes and Calypsonians (seasoned and up&coming), popular deejays, dancers, community groups, Grand Kadooment and Foreday Morning bands showcasing their costumes and so much more.

This is also the stage where talent is discovered, and popular artistes will release their new songs for the season on the road to getting ‘Crop Over Correct’. more