Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Holetown Festival

In 1976  Alfred Pragnal conceived the idea of of commemorating the anniversary of the first English settlement of Holetown .

Alfred who was affectionately known as AP, a broadcaster extraordinaire, an actor, calypsonian and a storyteller who is remembered for his Barbadian and Caribbean dialect short story readings

Pragnell worked tirelessly and the first Holetown festival took place the week of the 13th to the 20th of February 1977

Holetown was transformed into a spectacular hive of activity. Entertainment includes a variety of music, such as Gospel, Classical, Tuk Band and Calypso, as well as Folk Dancing, presented in free open-air concerts. There is also an Arts and Craft Exhibition, a display called “Beating the Retreat”, by the Barbados Defence Force and a Flood Lit Tattoo which is put on by the Police and a parade of Vintage Motor Vehicles.
On the Saturday, there is a Street Fair, where Vendors’ Stalls offer a wide cross section of Barbadian Arts and Crafts, as well as local foods and beverages.

The festival has proved to be popular with tourists and locals alike.

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