The three-day Carifesta celebrations in Tobago have been a blessing to the island, according to Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, who believes this is the beginning of more cultural collaborations between Tobago and other Caribbean countries. Charles was speaking at the Tobago closing show, Island Vibe, at the Shaw Park Cultural Complex on Wednesday night.
Many gathered to experience one more night of song, dance and art featuring St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Dominica and Tobago singer Sharon Phillips, backed by Kashiff Wilson and Kwartet band. Charles said, “We are pleased and blessed to be given the opportunity to learn more about other aspects of our culture. We are expected to continue doing our journey in our efforts to conserve our culture.”
Charles said Carifesta provided an opportunity for true regional integration via a cultural voyage, allowing Tobago to connect, share and invest. “Without leaving our shores or reaching for our passports, we have taken a cruise throughout the Caribbean over the last few days, We have gotten our feet wet making stops at the port of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, including Belize, St Lucia and Dominica.”