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'It is ironic that Barbados' historical cultural diversity is the main characteristic that will make the country unique in the face of globalisation.'
Back in 1994, it was a week-long “mini-Carnival” with a jump up along the South Coast of the island featuring T-shirt bands, free concerts on Dover Playing Field each night, calypso releases and a beauty show among its attractions. That was then. Ten years later, the “Congaline Street Festival” has evolved into the “Congaline Music Festival”, a three-day series of concerts on Dover Playing Field whose profile has become so low that this year rumours were circulating about its demise. While the music festival idea is not a bad one, the increasingly low profile has made me wonder whether Congaline has much longer to live.
The Oistins Festival was conceived by Mrs. Stella St. John and Senator Herbie Yearwood, who planned the festival in the late 70's. The original aim of the festival still remains, to promote those in the fishing industry, giving them and other talented Bajans an opportunity to display the crafts of their trade.
For three days Oistins attracts locals and visitors alike to enjoy the craft, music, dancing and competitions. The Oistins Fish Fry is renown Internationally ,despite trying to keep it a secret!
Friday night is fish-fry, the hottest spot in town. Roadside stalls offer fried or Bar-B-Q shark, barracuda, marlin, snapper, kingfish and of course the traditional flying fish. All caught that same day, little wonder it is becoming a tradition and a Friday night ritual!
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