What is the National Cul­tural Foundation?

Founded in 1983 by an Act of Par­lia­ment, the National Cul­tural Foun­da­tion (NCF) is a statu­tory body tasked with over­see­ing the cul­tural land­scape of Bar­ba­dos. Dur­ing the first two years of oper­a­tion, it worked in areas of com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and cul­ture. The island was at that time divided into seven zones, each with a field offi­cer (now referred to as Cul­tural Offi­cers) who had the respon­si­bil­ity of imple­ment­ing devel­op­ment pro­grammes within their respec­tive zones and coor­di­nat­ing Crop Over Activ­i­ties. These field offi­cers were also respon­si­ble for super­vis­ing the staff at each of the island’s com­mu­nity cen­ters and sched­ul­ing and timetabling the use of the centers.

The man­age­ment team of the NCF com­prises of the Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Man­ager of Admin­is­tra­tion, Chief Cul­tural Offi­cer, Finance Offi­cer, Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer, Senior Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Offi­cer and Tech­ni­cal Offi­cer and their mis­sion is to fuel the devel­op­ment of cul­ture through train­ing, research and the cre­ation of oppor­tu­ni­ties in cul­tural indus­tries. The orga­ni­za­tion has both a devel­op­men­tal and com­mer­cial role in society:

Devel­op­men­tal Role – involves the NCF using cul­ture as a tool for national devel­op­ment and sup­port­ing var­i­ous art forms and new cul­tural products.

Com­mer­cial Role – the NCF is respon­si­ble for the pro­mo­tion, pro­duc­tion and host­ing of cul­tural fes­ti­vals and related events (includ­ing major gov­ern­men­tal and national events). The two biggest cul­tural fes­ti­vals pro­moted by the NCF are Crop Over and the National Inde­pen­dence Fes­ti­val of Cre­ative Arts (NIFCA).

In addi­tion to its two major roles in the devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial aspects of cul­ture in Bar­ba­dos, the NCF has sev­eral func­tions and objectives:


  • To stim­u­late and facil­i­tate the devel­op­ment of cul­ture generally;
  • To develop, main­tain and man­age the­atres and other cul­tural facil­i­ties and equip­ment pro­vided by Government;
  • To orga­nize cul­tural festivals;
  • To assist per­sons inter­ested in devel­op­ing cul­tural expression.


  • To pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for Bar­ba­dian artists/​artistes to show­case their tal­ents with the end result being an increased demand for local work;
  • To edu­cate Bar­ba­di­ans con­cern­ing their heritage;
  • To offer Bar­ba­di­ans and vis­i­tors alike a high qual­ity cul­tural prod­uct that informs, edu­cates and entertains;
  • To equip our cul­tural work­force with tech­no­log­i­cal skills and train­ing to excel in their par­tic­u­lar art forms;
  • To strengthen the local cul­tural prod­uct and in the process increase prof­its to the shareholders;
  • To cre­ate high qual­ity prod­ucts that will be com­pet­i­tive on the local, regional and inter­na­tional markets;
  • To max­i­mize the role of the cul­tural sec­tor in the tourism industry.

The NCF is located in West Ter­race, St. James and is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 8:30am to 4:30pm. They can be con­tacted via tele­phone at 4176610 and more infor­ma­tion can be found on their web­site, www​.ncf​.bb.

© Photo 1 taken from Ncf​.bb
© Arti­cle of caribbe​an​dreams​magazine​.com

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