Contingent goes to CARIFESTA

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Belize to send Contingent to CARIFESTA XI

CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of Arts, initiated by the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in 1972 celebrates the Arts, fosters a vision of Caribbean Unity and positively advances Caribbean culture regionally and internationally. Since its inception, ten CARIFESTA’s have been staged in eight countries, the most recent being held in The Republic of Guyana in 2009.

This year the festival will hold its XI Edition in the other CARICOM South American member state, Suriname, and Belize will be sending a contingent to represent a cross-section of artistic disciplines from Belizean Arts and Culture. The festival will be held from August 16th to August 25th, 2013 and showcases the cultural expressions of artists and cultural workers from all CARICOM member states. Additionally, participation will come from several  member states of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations), SICA (Central  American Integration System), the wider Caribbean as well as Diaspora Nations (those nations that provide Suriname its’ vast cultural diversity) of Africa, Asia and Europe.


The contingent will include artists and cultural workers representing different disciplines
Dance –                   Belize National Dance Company
Music                       Galen Eagles Band
Youth                      Elvis Avila – Winner- Youth Artist of the Year/ National Festival of Arts
Fashion                    Joris Hendrik-Groennendaal
Fashion (Jewelry)      Khadija Assales
Craft –                     Aurelio Sho & Adeliah Ishim
Jackie Castillo            Head of Fashion & Craft
Literary arts –           Felene Cayetano & Selene Solis
Visual Arts –             Alex Sanker & Rachael Heusner
Theatre –                ‘My Body is Precious’ – Jael August, Carson Perrote, Rushelle Babb, Alexander Viveiros
Film & Media Arts       Shelby Castillo
Head of Contingent    Karen Vernon

NICH’s President, Diane Haylock, will officially represent Belize at the Festival in the stead of the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hon Manuel Heredia, Jr.

The Belize delegation, as required by CARIFESTA XI, includes a significant number of youth and children giving due attention to the development of the next generation of Caribbean artists, cultural workers and “CARIFESTA – makers”. The contingent leaves Belize on Wednesday August 14th and return on August 27th, 2013.
The theme for CARIFESTA XI: Culture for Development: Celebrating our diversity and promoting the central role of culture in economic, social and human development”. This year’s Festival gives primary to the importance of the Cultural Industries for the sustainable growth and development of our Caribbean Region.

For more information on the festival visit CARIFESTA website at

"Culture is what makes us human, what defines our Caribbeanness."


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