Iconic Events

50th Anniversary of Independence Exhibition “The Road to Destiny”: Barbados at Fifty – Pursuing the Road to Independence

Date: November 2016 – January 2017
Time: Mon – Sat 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sun – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Barbados Museum and Historical Society Headquarters, St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael.

To tell the narrative of Barbados at 50, the Barbados Museum and Historical Society is staging an exhibition which will present artifacts which Barbadians have used, continue to use, and in some instances have made redundant, to tell the social, cultural, artistic and environmental history of Barbados.

The exhibition will also detail the multiple narratives which led Barbados to Independence and examine issues such as changing gender roles and race relations.

For further information call the BMHS at 427-0201.

Mirror Mirror Show Me a Hero – Dedicated to the late Dame Nita Barrow GCMG DA FRCN

November 17 (Gala) – 7:00 p.m.
November 18, 19 – 8:00 p.m.
November 22, 23, 24 – 1:00 p.m.
November 24, 25, 26 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Frank Collymore Hall
Cost: Gala – BDS $100
Shows- BDS $50 (adults)
                  BDS $20 (students with ID)

This futuristic play is intended to be a dynamic exploration of the universal quest for self-knowledge, the strength to be found in community, the bravery to make a requisite sacrifice; the innovation and creativity needed to adapt and survive as individuals and a nation.

It is therefore fitting that we dedicate the nine shows to the memory of Dame Nita Barrow, a trail-blazing pioneer who spent her life in the service of others and who used the privilege of her education to bring about change.

For further information call the NCF at 424-0909 or the Secretariat at 430-0045.

Tickets may be purchased at Ticket Nation, Nation House, Fountabelle, Bridgetown or online at TicketNation on Facebook.

Barbados Food & Rum Festival

Date: November 17-20, 2016

Barbados is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. The Festival has given birth to a series of events, or better yet – culinary and beverage experiences – designed to tantalize the taste buds, while offering a variety of other colourful and flavourful experiences to stimulate the other senses as well.

Experience a sophisticated, high-quality and upscale celebration of gastronomic art, featuring acclaimed international & local world class chefs, rum experts and mixologists.

As this year’s event falls in the same month as Barbados’ 50th year as an independent nation, the event is slated to be the best one yet. It is planned that the Food and Rum Festival will anchor a full month of culinary celebration with the days of the official event being from November 17 – November 20. As the event is followed closely by Independence Day the event culminates a year of celebrating Barbados’ 50th birthday and should be quite a party.

For further information visit https://www.visitbarbados.org/foodandrumfestival.

50th Anniversary of Independence NIFCA Gala

Date: November 20, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Venue: 3ws Amphitheatre, Kensington Oval
Cost: BDS $30 (adults)
             BDS $10 (children)

The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) has always sought to unearth the very best of Barbadian talent, encouraging persons from all walks of life to create and submit their entries in the disciplines of dance, music, drama, literary arts, culinary arts, fine art and craft, photography and film while celebrating Barbados’ Independence and National Pride in a tradition of excellence.

This year’s Gala will take the form of a multi-media event featuring school aged children who will perform classic & contemporary patriotic literary, musical and dance pieces. It will consist of the original creative expressions of our young people as showcased by NIFCA over the recent years.

For further information call the NCF at 424-0909 or the Secretariat at 430-0045.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketpal.com.


Date: November 22, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Venue: Ilaro Court
Cost: BDS $100

Nostalgia will be an elegant cocktail celebration of our nation’s momentous achievement, where Barbadians from all walks of life will be hosted by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, on the beautifully manicured grounds of his official residence, Ilaro Court. The event will be a cultural journey of our music, fashion, talent and cuisine – a defining showcase of the people of Barbados for the people of Barbados.

Ilaro Court will be transformed into a magical setting complete with spectacular lighting, brilliant white tents, cocktail tables, and varied seating areas from bistro style to lounge seating.

Music by the world renowned Troubadours and other popular artistes will fill the air. The best of NIFCA talent will also be showcased on arrival of guests and to herald the welcome address of the Prime Minister.

Food stations will feature cuisine using pork, chicken, black belly lamb and seafood.

For further information call the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Secretariat at 430-0045.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketpal.com.

Prime Minister’s Dinner and Ball: One Golden Moment in Time, A Celebration of Excellence

Date: November 25, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Ilaro Court

It will be the quintessential experience when Prime Minister of Barbados, The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart Q.C, M.P, hosts this black tie affair at Ilaro Court.

Guests will be treated to the exquisite culinary skills of the world-renown Barbados Culinary Team and some of the best entertainment the island has to offer while taking in high fashion by the island’s top designers.

Come prepared for a night of fine dining and elegance unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

For further information call the Secretariat at 430-0045.

Tickets may be purchased at Sundek, Limegrove, all locations of Wine World, Caveshepherd and Broad Street, or online at ticketpal.com.

50th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving

Date: November 27, 2016
Musical preludes: 2:30 p.m.
Time: 4:00 p.m
Venue: Kensington Oval

This service of thanksgiving will celebrate the 50 years Barbados has spent as an independent nation and the many successes it has achieved.

There will be musical preludes prior to the service by:Hazel Burke; The Weslyan Chorale; Fernado Watts; Nathan Richards; Jane Small; The Royal Diadems; Mireya Hosein; Daughters of Worship International; National Youth Choir; Judy Bailey; and The National Choir.

For further information call the Ministry of Social Care at 535-1600 or the Secretariat at 430-0045.

Tickets available at the door.

The Reveal of the 50th Anniversary of Independence Monument

Date: November 29, 2016
Time: 10:30 p.m.
Venue: Garrison Savannah

A short, impactful, public ceremony to reveal the 50th Anniversary of Independence National Monument, which will house a time capsule and the oversized national flag, which forms part of the Monument, and which will be flown 24 hours a day.

For further information call the Secretariat at 430-0045.

No tickets needed to attend.

50th Anniversary of Independence Parade

Date: November 30, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Venue: Garrison Savannah

An enhanced military parade, with the addition of foreign troops which will add to the spectacle along with an extended display.

For further information call the BDF at 536-2347 or the Secretariat at 430-0045.

No tickets needed to attend.

Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert

Date: November 30, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Kensington Oval

A cultural spectacular will be a climax befitting of this great island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. This celebration will highlight the amazing emerging talent set to take the world stage by storm, signaling that Barbadian talent will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

For further information call the Secretariat at 430-0045.

No tickets needed to attend.

“Labour Marches On” – Heritage March

Date: September 18, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Sir Frank Walcott Statue, Culloden Road, St. Michael

This march is being held to pay tribute to the icons of the labour movement in Barbados. The work of our freedom fighters, and those areas & buildings where major developments of the labour movement took place, will be placed under the spotlight.

The event will commence at 3:00 p.m., with a wreath laying ceremony at the statue of the late Sir Frank Walcott. The march will then begin at 4:00 p.m. and culminate at Queen’s Park.

Barbados Network Consultation (Diaspora) Conference

Date: August 2-5, 2016
Venue: Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre

The Barbados Network Consultation (BNC) Conference is a biennial consultation which is planned and executed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Its target market is Barbadians across the diaspora who discuss national policy and strategize on how the Barbados brand could be sustained over time. This year marks the fourth BNC conference, and it is especially poignant as it coincides with Barbados’ Jubilee year of celebrations. The proposed theme for the event is “Celebrating 50 Years of Pride and Industry: Strengthening the Barbadian Network at Home and in the Diaspora.”

Among the activities proposed during the conference are workshops on the Barbados Business and Investment climate, tourism marketing, education and youth services, cultural heritage and genealogical sessions and a dialogue with the Prime Minister of Barbados. In addition to the planned sessions, there will be an invaluable opportunity to network with various participants and the business community at the Prime Minister’s official residence. Historically, the BNC has culminated with the Prime Minister’s Reception and it is one of the most anticipated events of the cultural calendar.

Sir Garry 80 Not Out: ICBL T20 Legends to Legacy Cricket Party

Date: July 28, 2016
Venue: Kensington Oval

This match will be in honour of The Rt. Excellent Sir Garfield St Auburn Sobers, Barbados’ lone living National Hero.

On July 28, 2016, Sir Garfield Sobers celebrates his 80th birthday and this match is a tribute to his invaluable contribution to the world of cricket. His leadership of the West Indies team facilitated a level of social and political development that redounded to the benefit of Caribbean people worldwide. His contribution to the development of Barbados and the region was truly beyond the boundary. In this 50th year of Independence we salute his work and his life as the pioneering, outstanding ambassador of Barbados.

Crop Over 2016: “Barbados at 50, Celebrating Our Culture, Showcasing our Pride!

As the premiere cultural festival of Barbados, Crop Over 2016 will offer a unique opportunity to celebrate Barbados’ rich cultural heritage in its 50th year of sovereign nationhood and to share its wealth of talent and expertise with the world. There will be many opportunities to celebrate the important milestone of 50 years of Independence through:
• special prizes for entries in the various competitions that best explore and illustrate the theme;

• tailoring existing events to best reflect the momentous occasion of our golden anniversary; and

• the execution of new, specially designed events.

This event will be planned and executed by the National Cultural Foundation.

Launch of Barbados’ System of Parks & Open Spaces

Date: June 1, 2016
Venue: #1 Sturges, St. Thomas

This will bring focus to the National Park of Barbados which is intended to protect and conserve the natural and cultural assets of the area (St Lucy to St John). The nationwide system of parks and open spaces will be launched at this event.

Bim Literary Festival and Book Fair

Date: May 12-14, 2016

Writers Ink Inc. has organised the bi-annual Bim Literary Festival and Book Fair since May 2012. The Prime Minister continues to be a patron of this festival. The Bim Literary Festival and Book Fair was founded by Esther Phillips who is also its director. It seeks to highlight and encourage the best of Barbadian writing (at home and abroad) and to showcase that of other renowned Caribbean authors. It has hosted such renowned writers as Derek Walcott, Austin Clarke, George Lamming, Edward Baugh, Ramabai Espinet, Lorna Goodison and Evelyne Trouillot, among others.

The 50th Anniversary of Independence edition of the Bim Literary Festival and Book Fair will consist of an opening ceremony, panel discussions, workshops to be conducted by authors such as Cecil Foster, Bernice McFadden, Tanya Shirley and Mervyn Morris, a children’s fair and a Bridgetown literary tour.

From Bussa to Barrow and Beyond

Date: April 16, 2016
Venue: Golden Grove Plantation

This production will be a major part of a week of activities commemorating the bicentennial of the Bussa Rebellion. “From Bussa to Barrow and Beyond” is a captivating performance event designed to celebrate both the bicentenary of the Bussa Rebellion and the 50th Anniversary of Barbados’ Independence.

Inspired by the tradition of Service of Song, the writer and director Sonia Williams devised a performance piece that re-imagines the making of the nation, not just from the perspective of the colonial masters but from the perspective of all the people of the nation.

The story takes the audience back to the root of the formation of modern Barbados, from the experience of the enslaved and their struggle for liberation, along the route the people took to emancipate themselves physically, mentally and politically.

Excerpts from some of our most prolific and accomplished writers and emerging poets such as Sir Hilary Beckles, Dr. George Lamming, Dr. Kamau Brathwaite, Dr. Anthony Kellman, Winston Farrell, Nailah Imoja and Damian Reid, are used to create a tapestry of moments that embodies the communal ethos of contemporary Barbados.

Set outdoors at Golden Grove Plantation, the innovative set with its 20 foot tower reaches to the heavens and creates a space where the ancestors can watch all that is happening below in the communal circle at the crossroads where the past meets the present and where Runako and Crystal, young people of today, take inventory of what it means to be Barbadian through a candid investigation of history.

A cutting edge team of creative and performance artists brings a visually exciting, visceral performance that will make the audience sing, dance, laugh and cry, as they give new meanings to the past and find the keys to inform the vision of the future.

Tribute to the Prime Ministers of Barbados

Date: April 28, 2016
Venue: Heroes Square

Tributes will be paid to Barbados’ seven Prime Ministers through the execution of a production that celebrates Barbados’ classical artistes. A portrait of Barbados’ first Prime Minister, the Father of Independence and national hero, The Rt. Excellent Errol Walton Barrow will be commissioned and unveiled at this event. The portraits of the remaining Prime Ministers will be commissioned over a three year period.