Big support for Festival
The 2011 Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival was launched this morning at Mout Gay Visitor CentreSpring Garden, with organisers FAS Entertainment promising a five day event boasting some top international reggae artists.
Headlining the event is Haitian entertainer Wyclef Jean.
Speaking to the media and sponsors, Al Gilkes of FAS acknowleged that the event had attracted “the biggest level of support from the public and private sector we have had so far in the seven years of this festival”.
Gilkes also said he decided not to dilute the festival this year because of the poor economy.
“When the economy starts to rebound, we would have established this year the fact we have produced a festival that is world class; superior to any of the festivals that we would have staged in the past seven years.”
Gilkes also sold his production as one that featured an all reggae cast rivaling any show in Jamaica – the land of reggae.
“For that I think we can pat ourselves on the back.”
Also at the head table was Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy who lauded the efforts of FAS and said the festival was a vehicle that could enhance the tourism product.