Cultural Industries Act passed
THE CULTURAL Industries Development Act 2013 was unanimously passed in the Senate earlier today.
The legislation provides for a regulatory framework to facilitate and encourage the sustainable growth and development of Barbados’ cultural industries.
It will also provide funding for cultural projects, duty-free concessions and income tax benefits.
Earlier, Government Senator Verla Depeiza said it would bring new recognition to Barbadians in the sector who now occupy the back seats, in deference to the traditional professionals.
Depeiza said the long overdue legislation would empower many of the fine artisans, artists and writers who are currently incarcerated in Barbados’ prison.
It would also provide a viable practical outlet of exposure for the island’s award-winning, talented young people in the culinary arts, whose work must also be celebrated. (GC)