For the first time in the history of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) audiences around the region will have access to the major performances and displays of their artistes and performers live and delayed on radio and television services in their home countries.
Host country for CARIFESTA XIII, Barbados, has just signed an MOU with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) licensing the Union’s members to transmit the major performances of the Festival, taking place from August 17 to 27 this year.
Along with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Caribbean viewers and listeners will be able to enjoy key events, as well as programming from the host broadcaster, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) a founding member of the Union.
In addition, CBU affiliate, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) will be relaying the events via its cable channel CaribVision to twenty countries and territories in the region as well as to diaspora audiences through its pay-per-view partners in the New York tri-state area, Canada and the UK.
President of the CBU, Mr Gary Allen, welcomed the agreement, noting that the Union’s partnership with the region’s premier arts and culture festival would provide a welcome boost to the Caribbean’s cultural performers and artists. Delegations from the twenty-seven (27) countries and territories that have already registered for the biennial event, can now be assured that their supporters at home will be able to join them virtually throughout the Festival, from the Opening Parade of Delegations on August 18, all the way to the August 27, Closing Ceremony and hand over to Trinidad and Tobago, slated to host the next CARIFESTA, in 2019.
In March of this year, CBU affiliate CMC and member stations transmitted the Media Launch of CARIFESTA to an audience of more than sixteen million in the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean.