Cultural Department to intensify activities

Following a year when the coronavirus pandemic affected all activities in Antigua and Barbuda, the Cultural Department said it is emerging from the impact that the pandemic has had on its programme over the past 15 months.

Special Events Coordinator Gilbert Laudat said the department will hold a major arts and craft exhibition this week to boost interest in and support for this sector. 

“We are organizing this exhibition which takes place on Friday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to focus attention on the wide array of items that are locally produced. From leather or straw bags, jewelry, fashion, paintings, crochet items, among others,” he stated.

He said residents are being encouraged not only to attend the day-long event, but to see the exhibition as an opportunity to support all that make up the creative industry. 

“We want to give a boost to this sector, as we are very proud of the high quality of products that are being produced locally,” he declared.

Additionally, Laudat wants the public to support the event as there is currently underway a ‘mapping exercise’ or audit of the sector that is now taking place. He added that the information gleaned will be useful in determining the true significance of the sector to the national economy.

“The information gathered will go into a database that will be available to the top echelons in government and their technicians who would use the information to determine the contributions of the creative sector to the country’s GDP,” he disclosed.

He described the creative sector as a very expansive one that goes beyond arts and crafts to include music, visual arts, fashion, culinary arts, and the performing arts, among others.

Meanwhile, the Cultural Department is getting ready to resume its one-on-one instructions in a variety of disciplines. These include instructions in pan, dance and music. The music lessons include wind instruments and other instruments such as guitars, vocals and piano.

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