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As part of the Heritage Festival on the beautiful
island of Tobago, the Tobago House of Assembly
under the Division of Community Development
and Culture recently hosted an inaugural Confer-
ence on the Arts and Cultural Industries (CACI)
from Tuesday July 22nd to Thursday 24th, 2014.
Speaking to a wide cross-section of cultural representa-
tives and activists from both Tobago and Trinidad, as well as
several Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries and Administra-
tors of the Tobago House of Assembly, Administrator of the
Division of Community Development and Culture, Claire
Davidson-Williams, wasted no time emphasizing the im-
portance of the Creative and Cultural Industries as priority
areas for job and wealth creation in the Caribbean. She
pointed to the tremendous value and developmental po-
tential to a country's GDP.
The Administrator signalled observations made by CARI-
COM Heads of Government and urged the Tobago Cultural
entities to recognise their role, toward greater contribution to
our local economy, in job creation and enhancement of liveli-
"Today, the Division of Community Development and
Culture is mindful that such development cannot occur
without meaningful investment that can foster a sustain-
able environment for the Cultural Industry on the Island.
As such, CACI is the flagship to provide a platform for the
dialogue on sustainable development of our culture among
stakeholders, not just in Tobago, but in Trinidad and To-
bago, the Region and beyond."
Describing the Cultural Arts and Creative Industries
Conference as an important pre-cursor to the Division's
thrust, Secretary of the Division of Community Develop-
ment and Culture, Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, reminded
participants of the tremendous contribution of Dr JD Elder,
in laying the groundwork and engaging the first heritage
discourse, as she quoted him saying....
"If one sees culture as the expression of the human per-
son, a distinctly human thing, then the study of our culture
becomes crucial to understanding of self and the direction
of future development."
Secretary Tsoiafatt-Angus noted, that over the three
days of the Conference, with its Theme 'Preserving Our
Heritage and Enhancing Our Legacy'...."Cultural representa-
tions, practices, protection and Industries will be explored
and should prompt inquiries into concepts of cultures
being created, cultures of creativity, cultures evolving and
changing in the global environment and also cultures
which are in need of protection and preservation."
She stressed that all of these within the Tobago con-
text, must lead to the development of Industries capable
of making an impact locally and internationally, as she
elaborated on the support made over the years by the Di-
vision, to the Tobago Heritage Festival, in the provision of
consistent training in dance, drumming and music, which
she pointed out, had doubled within the past year.
"The Arts Push Programme, that is aimed at helping
those in the artistic genres to build upon their creativity
and ingenuity...., there is the proposed Tobago Indigenous
and Traditional Arts Academy, where many of Tobago's
traditional arts will be taught, as part of a structured and
accredited Certification Programme....,the soon to be
launched Pan and Indigenous Instruments Programme, will
focus on aspects of storage, maintenance, preservation
and enhancement of Pan, as well as Tobago's indigenous
instruments, the Tambrin. In addition, training in the Spo-
ken Word/Oral Tradition, is scheduled to begin shortly."
The Chief Secretary, Honourable Orville London, in offi-
cially declaring the Conference open, commended the Divi-
sion for this much needed initiative, but expressed that he
is more interested in what happens after the Conference
and how will it be used to progress Tobago's development,
before meeting again in one year.
Presenters at the Conference at the end of Day 2 in-
cluded Veteran Calypsonian and Cultural Icon, Dr Hollis Liv-
erpool on 'JD Elder and His Legacy', Dr Patricia Elder,
well-known Cultural Practitioner, and Ms. Cynthia Alfred.
Other notable Icons included, Dr Eastlyn Mc Kenzie, on
'Evolution from Storytelling to Spoken Word', Mr Rawle
Titus, and Festivals Commission's Mr Shane Andrews,
whose topic was 'Cultural Retention and Preservation in To-
bago Via Communications and Socialisation.'
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Cross section of attendees of CACI conference.
Chief Secretary Honourable Orville London spends some
time with Dr Hollis Liverpool.
Councillor Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus - Secretary of
Community Development and Culture addresses participants.
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