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2023 Crop Over Festival gets started

May 26, 2023

The 2023 Crop Over Festival kicked off Thursday night with the first event – the Central Bank of Barbados Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibition.

The three-part visual arts exhibition, hosted at the Queen’s Park Gallery, is titled “We Came on Merchant Ships”.

It celebrates the Season of Emancipation by exploring the rich history and cultural contributions of the African diaspora.

It highlights the journey of African peoples who were brought to Barbados as part of the transatlantic slave trade, specifically through the perspective of the ships that carried them.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with Responsibility for Culture, Senator Dr. Shantal Munro-Knight saluted the Central Bank for its commitment to working with the National Cultural Foundation and its recognition of culture and the arts as important to Barbados.

She says Government, through the Reclaiming Our Atlantic Destiny (ROAD) project, intends to boost heritage economy.

The “We Came on Merchant Ships” exhibition runs until June 22.

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