After the hoopla of the Barbados Reggae Festival, and artistic events such as the I-Queen Arts and Music Festival and Operation Triple Threat: Into the Woods, the month of May promises to be another exciting time for music and artsfestivals. Here are just a few of the events that you can attend during the month of May.
|1. Reggae on the Hill 2016 - This is the culmination of the Barbados Reggae Festival that began in April. The final and most anticipated event, Reggae on the Hill, will be held on the 1st of May at Farley Hill National Park. Tickets prices range from $80 to $300 (VIP). Performers for this event include Romain Virgo, Chronixx, Richie Spice, and Alanie.|
2. Barbados Gospelfest 2016 - This annual festival is back, for its 24th year, with the theme Touching Lives – Changing Nations. On this year’s schedule are various activities, including a 20⁄20 cricket match and a number of concerts, with the final, and probably the most anticipated event of them all, Flow One Awesome Day, to be held on May 29th. Several local and International artistes will be performing throughout the festival, including Chinnitta Morris, Gozzy, Jprince, Sinach, A’leithia Sweeting, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy.
|3. Barbados Festival of Speed 2016 — This is one of the newest events on the Barbados motor sport calendar; it will be hosted as part of the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. The festival will offer racing enthusiasts the chance to see the premier motor sports personalities in the world, including Lewis Hamilton, in action.|
|4. Lime King of the Hill — Considered the “final shakedown” before Sol Rally Barbados 2016, the highly anticipated Lime King of the Hill is hosted by the Barbados Rally Club. Lime King of the Hill will be held on the 28th and 29th of May, on a course layout which will put the driving skills of the participants and the quality of their cars to the test.|
|5. The BIM Literary Festival and Book Fair — This festival provides the opportunity for writers, readers, editors and agents to interact with the general public about their common love – books. The festival forms part of the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations and will be held from May 12th to 14th.|
6. Golden Sands Rum and Souse Lime — Come out to the Golden Sands Hotel every Saturday in May for an old fashioned Rum and Souse Lime. Enjoy mouth-watering pudding and souse, as well as Karaōke, from 1pm to 7pm.
|7. Second International Dance Conference & Season of Dance — The UWI Cave Hill Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) will host the Second Annual International Dance Conference and Season of Dance, with the theme Caribbean Fusion Dance Works: Rituals of a Modern Society. This conference, which will be a celebration of the artistic dance form, is ideal for lovers of dance.|
8. Banks Brewery and Visitor Centre Tours — Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. is offering the opportunity for locals and visitors to tour their new facility at Newton, Christ Church. The tours, which highlight the history of Banks Brewery and the production process, are approximately 45 minutes in duration. Of course, complimentary beverages will be served.
|9. The National Senior Games - This year marks the 15th year of the National Senior Games and it’s slated to be the “Best Games to date”. The Games will be held on May 16th, Whit Monday at the National Stadium at Waterford St. Michael, start time 8 am. The Games are title ‘It’s a Family Affair’ will entertainment for the whole family. Persons who wish to participate in the Games must be 40 years or older. Some of the disciplines included in the Games are Dominoes, Archery, Netball, Road Tennis and 5K Road race.|
|10. Hike Barbados - Every Sunday, the Barbados National Trust organizes hikes for both beginners and intermediates. During May, the hikes will be at Skeetes Bay, Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Lodge School, Hackleton Cliff Top. The Special Hike is a Hill Challenge at the Ermy Bourne Highway. On May 16th there will be a Fun Day at the Indian Ground Sports Field and the Moonlight hike will be at the Barbados National Trust headquarters, Wildey House.|
|12. Segway Tour – Experience Barbados like never before on this Segway tour of the north-eastern coastline of Barbados. The price of tour includes a local guide, complimentary rum punch and hotel pickup and drop off.|
|13. Watch Captain America: Civil War 3D — One of the most highly anticipated movies of 2016 will be premiering in early May at the Olympus Theatres and Limegrove Cinemas in Barbados. Grab the family and head to either one of these cinemas to see two of Marvel’s greatest superheroes lock horns.|
If you missed it in April, have no fear, for the Flavors of Barbados Dinner and Cabaret Show will be back for 5 days during the month of May. Catch this interactive dance extravaganza at the Sea Rocks Dome in Maxwell and enjoy a taste of Barbadian culture.
Whichever events you chose to attend, or activities you choose to engage in during the month May, enjoy them to the fullest. Have fun and stay tuned for some even bigger events coming next month.
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