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Over $330 000 up for grabs at NIFCA

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OVER $330 000 will be available to Barbados creatives in this year’s National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA).

Chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Carol Roberts-Reifer, revealed that in over 64 categories, prize money had increased with 13 new award categories introduced, one being the Richild Springer Scholarship worth $10 000.

The biggest change this year is that the 16-40 age limit for the Prime Minister’s Award, worth $35 000, has been abolished, and two people will each be able to receive that prize open to those over 16.

The prize money for the NIFCA Icon Awards have increased from $2 000 to $3 000.

There will be eight Governor General Awards in the professional category at $7 500 each.

Additions to the festival include eight Vision 2020 Awards worth $1 000 each, as well as eight UNICEF awards at $2 000 each.

Award-winning visual artists will also get to showcase their work at exhibits held in frequented buildings in The City such as Norman Centre, the Supreme Court Complex and the Mutual Building.

Professional visual artists will get the opportunity to compete for the Art Basel Prize of $10 000, affording them the chance to travel to Miami for an Art Basel, a premier world art showcase.

NIFCA will also see an inclusion of a number of foreign adjudicators sourced from various Caribbean territories and the Barbadian Diaspora.

NCF Chief Cultural Officer Andrea Wells said: “Seven foreign judges will be added across all the disciplines, and confirmations have already been made in the performing arts. In theatre, director, playwright and university lecturer, Trinidadian Rawle Gibbons, is expected to join the panel. 

“In the discipline of dance, former NCF cultural officer for dance, Heather Forde-Butcher, who now lives in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, will be offering her expertise. In the field of music, the NCF welcomes qualified musician and member of the Oxford and Cambridge Music Club, Trinidadian Enrique Ali.”

NIFCA starts on November 2 with semi-finals in the performing arts. (NS)

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