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20 years of Gospelfest

Ricardo Leacock

20 years of Gospelfest

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Now in its platinum year, the Barbados Gospelfest 2012 will celebrate 20 years of excellence with a theme Touching Lives – Changing Nations during an exciting week of powerful ministry in song, dance, drama and much more.
Speaking at the media launch at Divi Southwinds yesterday morning, producer of the event Adrian Agard recalled that the event was established in 1993 by the then Barbados Tourism Board when the Reverend Wes Hall was Minister of Tourism.
He said that from its inception top international gospel artistes participated in the festival, including Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin.
In 1995, the responsibility for the production was passed on to the Gospelfest Organizing Committee made up of people from the Christian community who were involved in the planning for the first two years, and in 2003, Gospelfest (Barbados) Inc. was incorporated to carry on the management of the festival.
Also speaking at the launch was Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy who lauded the organizers for the positive production over the last 20 years and pledged the ministry’s continued support of the festival.
The festival runs from May 19 to 27 and will offer several events which include HymnSpeak, Expressions Of Gospel and much more.