Barbados exploring cultural agreement with Haiti

BARBADOS’ MINISTER OF CULTURE JOINS IN WITH THE TUK BAND AT GRAND MARKET DURING CARIFESTA. (PHOTOS PROVIDED BY NCF/SHANGO FILMS)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Friday August 28, 2015 – Barbados is exploring the possibility of creating a cultural agreement with Haiti.

That was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, following a meeting with Haitian counterpart, Dithny Joan Raton.

Lashley, who is currently attending CARIFESTA X11 in Port Au Prince, Haiti, said it was agreed there was a need for the two countries to seriously consider a cultural agreement.

“We have talked extensively about the need to work closer together. I have signalled the willingness of Barbados to discuss the possibility of a cultural agreement between Haiti and Barbados,” Lashley said, noting that due to the two countries’ shared history and African ancestry, such an agreement must be explored.

The minister also highlighted the value seen in Haiti’s history as one of the first black democracies; adding that both countries “have a lot to exchange and share.”

Lashley then indicated that further talks about such an agreement were likely to take place in the near future.

“We are looking to proceed towards concluding a cultural agreement in the shortest possible time,” he asserted.

biggie at carifesta

GEOFFREY ‘BIGGIE IRIE’ CORDLE (AT RIGHT) WAS A HIT ON THE MAIN STAGE DURING COUNTRY NIGHT AT THE GRAND MARKET. HE IS ACCOMPANIED HERE BY AISHA BUTCHER AND BRANDI BROWNE ON VOCALS. (PHOTOS PROVIDED BY NCF/SHANGO FILMS)

Lashley also indicated that CARIFESTA XII has proven to be an ideal opportunity for Barbadian culture to be presented to the region.

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