“The cultural dimension…provides the basis for our development both as a region and as nation states. And recognizing that, we can then begin to encourage the growth of our cultural industries, quantify the earnings from the marketing of our cultural goods and services, recognize the field of culture and the arts for the catalyst that it is, and devote the resources necessary to its sustenance so as to allow it to realize its potential in fostering the growth of our peoples, socially, economically and politically.”
The Caribbean Festival of Arts, CARIFESTA, has assumed a pre-eminent place among the elements that define and give expression to the uniqueness of our Caribbean reality. Like other significant institutions such as cricket, CXC and CARICOM that symbolize a Caribbean commonality, the Festival reinforces our unity in the midst of our splendid diversity.
Towards the new CARIFESTA celebrating our people; contesting the world stage.
Integrate or Perish- Part 1 – Years of hope The Dream Begins. This Documentary examines the evolution of Caribbean integration heading to the birth of the Caribbean Community (1963-1973)
Integrate or Perish- Part 2 – World Economics Crisis: Survival. This documentary examines the impact of the World Economic Crisis on the Caribbean and the instruments designed by leaders to guarantee the region’s survival.(1974-1984)
Integrate or Perish- Part 3 – The road towards a Single Market & Economy. This documentary examines the challenges posed by the changed international environment and our resolve to be an effective participant in the new global order.
CARIFESTA, which has been hailed as “the inspirational exchange of creative flows”, has its underpinnings in the staging of the first Caribbean Festival of Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1952. This event spurred some enthusiasm in the Region for celebrating the excellence of Caribbean artistry.