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The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) is an annual event held in Barbados. Compliments of the Nation News
Date October 16, 2005 by Andrea King Compliments of the Nation News
AND SO - already - another year of NIFCA has come around.
The first of eight semi-finals in the Performing Arts category of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) was held last Thursday at the Princess Margaret Secondary School, Six Roads, St Philip.
Theatre arts officer Annette Nias said there was increased participation in the Performing Arts, which in turn has led to an increased number of semi-finals.
In this the first one, there were more entrants in the category of Music than in Drama/Speech, and Dance, for which there was only one piece. This choreography, called Expressions, was performed by four young women named Harmony Angels, who also formed part of a choir which rendered the old gospel Nothing But The Blood.
The dance, if lacking in the high energy and intensity that characterises street/hip hop dance, certainly had the vocabulary of that idiom, and the girls could not be faulted for being synchronised.
In the 13 entrants for music performed on that night, there was one school band, from the Christ Church Foundation School, who fittingly opened the evening's performances with the Mark Lorde national tribute, My Country To Me.
The purity and innocence of childhood voices were portrayed by eight-year-old Aaron and six-year-old Shanice King, who are now in their second year of NIFCA, representing the St Christopher Primary School. Obviously being brought up in a religious tradition, the siblings rendered a christianised version of the Alicia Keys pop song, If I Ain't Got You, and You Raise Me Up.
Also trying for a place in the finals were Youth Achieving Results graduate, Kevin Morris; the Mount Tabor Primary School; soloist of Parkinson School, LaToya Elcock; trombonist Winston Holford, and solo pannist of the Deighton Griffith School, Kristle Cole, who can rest assured she earned her place.
Again going for the gold was dramatist and multi-award veteran Dario Walrond, who is virtually growing up on the NIFCA stage; as well as silver medallist Shamara Moore, the St Martin's-Mangrove drama club and solo entrants Jalicia Bascombe and Kristin Alkins.
It will be a series of long nights for the judges in each category. For Drama/Speech, chief judge is Clairmont Taitt, along with Dr Viola Davis, Dr Marcia Burrowes, Dyrstra Browne, Varia Williams, and Sharon Carew-White. For Dance, there is Granville Garner, Wendy Green, Philip King, and Sophia Mounter, and Virginia Sealy. And the Music judges are Grace Thompson, Captain Roy Corbin, Richard Layne, and Margaret Williams.
The pleasant voice of MC Jewel Forde kept the audience informed of the performance history of the entrants, and of up-coming events in NIFCA for the nex few weeks.
The NIFCA Performing Arts Finals will be held from November 2 to 5, and the much anticipated gala on November 20. The semi-finals continue today at Combermere School at 5 p.m.
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