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Heritage Walk – a trek into the past

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Heritage Walk – a trek into the past

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The First Citizens Bridgetown By Night Heritage Walk produced in association with the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. entitled “From Reclamation To Discovery” will take place on Sunday, July 20, from 6 p.m., and if you are yet to experience this event, now is the time.
?It is now taking place at a later date on the Crop Over Calendar, providing an opportunity for more visitors who arrive later for the festival to experience a uniquely exciting, culturally enhanced, 90-minute guided night-time walking tour through the City of Bridgetown.
?The main purpose of this event is to highlight the richly diverse history of our capital city, celebrating its heritage and exploiting its inscription as a World Heritage site as the NCF seeks to make the City of Bridgetown not just a place to shop but a uniquely wonderful space to be experienced by Barbadians and visitors alike.
As the title suggests this is a tour that takes you chronologically back in time with each character or scene taking you one step closer to the beginning, to the discovery.
?While the stories told will vary widely, by and large the focus is on The City as a constant hotbed of shifting, evolving commercial and political activity with the emphasis being on the characters and personalities who have contributed to making Bridgetown a capital city like no other on earth.
Unforgettable characters like Shilling, King Dyal, Samuel Jackman Prescod, Sarah Ann Gill, and Rachel Pringle, all brought to life by beautiful costumes, exciting dances and stirring performances from some of the island’s brightest and best artistes and designers, are guaranteed to make this an evening of family entertainment like nothing you have ever experienced before!
The tour features a cast of 25 dancers, singers, actors and ‘living’ statues’ who bring the past alive with historically accurate costuming and props.
?Performers include Dyrstra Browne, Michael Director Forde, Gaye Gajadhar, Patrick Foster, Philip Eno, Nichole Stewart and many, many more.
All costumes designed by Glenn Brathwaite, with choreography by John Hunte.
?Tour guides for the evening are noted and celebrated historians Morris Greenidge and Trevor Marshall.
The tours start at the BIDC car park on Harbour Road and end in the BTI car park at Cavan’s Lane.