The Errol Barrow Centenary Concert is set to to be a part of the centennial celebration of the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow on Tuesday, January 21.

Acclaimed as the Father of Barbados’ Independence, the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow QC became the island’s first Prime Minister. It is said that Errol Walton Barrow found Barbados as collection of villages, and transformed it into a proud nation. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of this island, Mr. Barrow’s birthday, on January 21, is observed as a national holiday, and, in April 1998, he became one of Barbados’ 10 National Heroes. On January 21st, 2020 he would have celebrated his 100th birthday and in light of this a mega concert will be held in the parish of St. Lucy where he was raised as a young man.

The concert will be a fitting tribute to the late Prime Minister showcasing all genres of music and artists of all ages from around the island. Also included will be short videos, portraying parts of some historic speeches he made both locally, regionally and internationally and these will be voiced by outstanding spoken word artists. The potpourri of music being showcased also cements the fact that Barbados has a wide selection of artists from all areas both as musicians and vocalist and the cultural landscape of Barbados is in good hands.

The Artists

A wide selection of Barbadian Artists will be performing and this is most fitting with the legacy of Prime Minister Barrow for the Arts and the youth. Ambassador Dr. Anthony “Gabby” Carter, 1688 Orchestra under the directorship of Dr. Stefan Walcott, Kelly Cadogan, Biggie Irie and the Youth Combined Steel Orchestra, to name a few, will be among the performers. Musical genres will range from folk songs performed by Youth Choirs, Spouge, Jazz and instrumental including Tuk.

The Venue

The Checker Hall Playing Field will have two stages erected for the easy flow of entertainment, and  culinary delights will be available from stalls and food trucks. Large screens will also provide extra viewing to the public. A VIP area will be set up to host approximately 200 invited guests.

Security and emergency services will be stationed onsite including a Medical Bay. Chemical Toilets  will also be in place and the area will be well lit .  We Gathering Merchandising Tent and a BWA water station will also be at the venue.

Park & Ride

Service will be offered from St. Lucy Church Parish Church Yard and the surrounding open spaces as well as the Speightstown Playing Field, with sanitary facilities and lighting towers provided.

The Barbados Transport Board will schedule bus services on Errol Barrow Day starting at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. delivering patrons to the venue; collections will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  The bus depots are as follows:

  • Glebe
  • Oistins
  • Princess Alice
  • Fairchild Street
  • Speightstown

The cost per trip is $3.50 per person.

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