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Crop Over 2008 Changes being made

March 2, 2008

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Crop Over 2008 Changes being made

INNOVATION WILL BE the buzz word for Crop-Over 2008 as the new Minister of Culture Steve Blackett approve changes to a number of the popular events.

The minister was speaking following a breakfast meeting on Monday with stakeholders in the island’s major festival.

Blackett, Prime Minister David Thompson, Parliamentary Secretary in the ministry, Irene Sandiford-Garner, chairman of the National Cultural Foundation, Ken Knight, along with several other officials from the cultural sector, and president of the Barbados Tourism Authority, Stuart Layne, met with sponsors Barbados National Bank, Cable & Wireless, Digicel, Mount Gay, Banks Breweries, Central Bank of Barbados, and Hanschell Inniss to discuss the upcoming festival and their contributions to it.

Blackett and Thompson spoke with the media briefly following the meeting.

“The traditional calendar of events is in place. I assured them that one of two innovations will be presented in terms of the cavalcades,” Blackett said.

“There will be 11 cavalcades, and in those we will be incorporating the calypso tents to expose the public to some of the new songs for 2008 and give the calypsonians an ample opportunity to showcase themselves early in the calypso season. Also, regarding Pic-O-De Crop Semi-Finals, there will be one or two innovations there, and also in terms of Cohobblopot,” he said.

He added that the Crop-Over calendar of events would be a part of the Season of Emancipation and Government wanted to create a nexus between the two events.

Prime Minister Thompson took time out to congratulate Sandiford-Garner on her appointment.

He said he was heartened by the sponsors’ comments and they were “coming up to the plate to deliver for the festival”.

Thompson was hopeful that more sponsors would come on board.

“We would like to see more people involved in the sponsorship for Crop-Over, we would like to see more entities involved in the production of the events and of course we would like to see more Barbadians involved in the participation and enjoyment of the festival,” said the Prime Minister.

Planning for the festival is said to be at an advanced stage.

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