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    Holders Season

    Founded in 1993, the Holders Season is established as the premier cultural event in the Caribbean. Acclaimed nationally and internationally, the season is a celebration of opera, music and theatre. The production always plays to capacity houses and it's high artistic standard draws audiences from around the world.

    Holders House, St.James, again plays host to this musical and theatrical festival. This stately house has been in existence for over 300 years and is an interesting mixture of English and Barbadian vernacular. The grounds are extensive and lovely with mature tropical trees and shrubs, the perfect setting for the open-air theatre that comes alive every year during the Holders Season.

    The 1999 season opened with an evening of traditional Caribbean and Latin American music, featuring artists from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. The festival will also included two performances of Yarico, a musical based on an 18th-century Barbadian legend about a slave girl. Since its inception six years ago, Holders Season has been host to some of the world's most renowned theater and opera talent, including Luciano Pavarotti with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997. Two productions in particular - Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi's La Traviata - have received great acclaim.

    One of Holders highlights was Kit Hesketh Harvey's Caribbean adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, with a leading cast of Bajan and British artists. Directed by Toby Gough and choreographed by Kenn Oldfield, this production was performed on three evenings.

    The new "Little Theatre" adjoining Holders House, an old plantation house, featured a number of cabaret productions during Holders Season. These included a performance of the intriguing Kit and the Widow with artists from London's West End, a presentation of great 20th century song writers by Britain's Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, and an evening of international cabaret beneath the stars, starring Canadian concert pianist Sasha Starcevich and comic singers Stewart Collins and Andy Read.

    Holders House,
    St. James, Barbados, West Indies
    Fax: 246-432-6461

    Congaline Carnival (March - April)

    Congaline Carnival was started in 1994 and it's emphasis is on good music and fun! The Congaline Village is the focal point of the festival. Set up on the Dover playing field in St.Lawrence Gap, the village consists of several food and beverage stalls as well as local arts and crafts stalls.

    The Village features entertainment in the form of comedy and music shows, with the music varying from gospel to calypso. The night-time entertainment is especially popular, with the best calypso and reggae singers from Barbados and other Caribbean islands performing.

    As you see the colourful spectacle of the Carnival and the diversity of the people, enjoy the local food and beverages on offer and dance to the sweet strains of calypso, you will agree that the Congaline Carnival is well worth the visit!



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