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Bridgetown diocese prepares for CARIFESTA


The Diocese of Bridgetown has planned a number of activities to coincide with the 13th edition of CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts) which is scheduled for August 17–27 in Barbados.

The activities begin August 17 with a session titled ‘An Evening of Contemplation’ led by Fr Michael Barrow and the Choir of Our Lady of the Rosary RC Church at St Francis RC Church, Mount Standfast, St James from 6–8 p.m. There will be a celebratory Mass for CARIFESTA XIII followed by a cultural display on August 20 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Michael at 11 a.m. All participants in CARIFESTA XIII, visitors, Catholic communities and well-wishers are invited. Later that day, there will be an art exhibition of works created by Catholic faithful at the Cathedral compound.

Bishop Jason Gordon will also present a lecture on August 23 titled ‘The challenge and opportunity of technology to Caribbean culture and identities’ at the August 19–23 CARIFESTA XIII Symposium being held at the UWI’s Cave Hill Campus.

CARIFESTA is a gathering of over 23 Caribbean and Latin America nations which showcases a wide array of disciplines including film; folk traditions; several genres of music, theatre and dance; traditional culinary cuisine inclusive of national dishes and beverages at the largest gathering for artistic expressions.
The CARIFESTA website ( stated that over 4,000 artists, artistes and artisans are expected to participate under the theme Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating Ourselves. It noted that “The theme speaks to the connectivity of the region brought by our common history and heritage and the strong sense of community and identity this connectivity generates.”