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Republic Bank Opening Gala Free For 2013
This year’s Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited Crop Over Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes is among the FREE events on the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) official Crop Over calendar for 2013, so says its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Cranston Browne at the launch of the event held this morning at the bank’s Broad Street branch.
The NCF promises an even better experience, with a mix of some of the old to make it a fun evening for the family and some new activities to keep you glued to the main stage.
Soca on De Hill
The Future Looks Bright for Calypso
The future of calypso is in good hands with the talent, confidence and enthusiasm of the youth who performed in the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch preliminaries over the weekend.
The preliminaries, held over two days at the National Cultural Foundation’s dance studios in West Terrace, St. James saw 69 juniors compete in two categories. Thirty (30) entered and competed in the 8 to 12 category, while thirty-nine (39) faced off in the 13 to 18 category.
The youth poured their all into topical issues including substance abuse, physical and mental abuse, bullying, teenage pregnancy, as well as inspirational messages on commitment, determination to succeed and on being a force for change.
Feeling the Fever
In eight days and counting Barbadians will be feeling that infectious fever of the festival as Crop Over 2013 takes to the community with the Cavalcades.
The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) ushered in the Cavalcades dockside on the Wickham Lewis Boardwalk in Bridgetown on Friday, May 3, with the support of its title partners LIME and HOTT 95.3, followed by an after work event onboard the Jolly Roger.
Addressing the audience at his first official event as Chief Executive Officer of the NCF, Mr. Cranston Browne said, "The Cavalcades herald the unofficial start of the season, often hastening the final production of new music from studio to market and providing national exposure for tunes from emerging and seasoned artistes alike. It helps us to bring the festival to the communities and to build momentum for the other activities to come."
He dubbed the Cavalcades the true pulse of the people because it affords entertainers the opportunity to immediately gauge the temperature of their music through the crowd response.
Visual Arts and Craft Competition
The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is inviting interested persons to enter its Crop Over Visual Arts and Craft competition, under the theme: “The Arrivants: The Making of the Drum.”
This year’s theme was chosen to commemorate the 40th anniversary of accomplished Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite who penned the outstanding literary piece.
The top prize to be offered is the Central Bank Award of Excellence valued at $10, 000. Nine entrants will also get a chance to win a range of prizes which include the Best in Show Awards, valued at $1, 000 each and the newly introduced Incentive Awards worth $500.00 each will also be distributed to nine people.
Entry forms are available here and must be completed and returned to the National Cultural Foundation, West Terrace, St. James by Friday, June 7, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Crop Over Rules & Entry Forms
Crop Over 2013 Registration Deadlines:
Foreday Morning Band Registration Deadline: April 30th, 3:00 p.m.
Junior Calypso Monarch Competition Registration Deadline: May 10th, 4:30 p.m.
Pic-O-De-Crop, Party Monarch & Sweet Soca Calypsonian Registration Deadlines: May 30th, 4:30 p.m.
Junior Kadooment Band Registration Deadline: May 31st, 4:30 p.m.
Crop Over Visual Arts Festival Registration Deadline: June 7th, 4:30 p.m.
Grand Kadooment Band Registration Deadline: June 14th, 4:30 p.m.
Sweet Soca CD Submission Deadline: June 19th, 4:30 p.m.