The month of October usually ushers in the semi-finals and finals of NIFCA, Barbados’ premier performing arts festival. However, in addition to the multiple nights dedicated to this event, there are other activities worth checking out this month.
NIFCA Semi Finals and Finals
NIFCA is an annual event that occurs in the latter months of the year (October and November), allowing persons of to showcase their considerable talents in a variety of areas. They events and their days are outlined below.
Children below 4 years of age are not permitted.
Re-Discover Restaurant Programme
The Re-Discover Restaurant Programme is on and will continue to a feature for several restaurants across the island during the winter(tourist) season. The programme offers a 10% discount with participating restaurants for lunch and a fantastic special 3-course menu for dinner. Dinner is $99BDS per person inclusive of a bottle of wine per couple, Vat and service charge included.
“Changing of the Sentry”
The “Changing of the Sentry” is a re-enactment for the historical significant to Barbados. The event takes place at the 1807 Main Guard, Garrison; which is a UNSECO world heritage site. The re-enactment is put on by the Barbados Garrison Historical Consortium Inc., where they enlist the ‘Sentries & Corp of Drums of Barbados’ which is made up of military personnel or retired members from the Barbados Legion to perform. Every Thursday at 12 during the month of October and into the following year the members stage an authentic showcase in full Zouave uniform and weaponry.
Celebrations of Rhythm at Pirates Cove
For two nights in October (6th and 20th) come out and experience the best of everything Bajan at Pirates Cove Brownes Beach, St. Michael. Beginning at 7pm is the Bajan Village where you can enjoy great foods and activities such as dominoes or liming. At 8pm the show moves onto the Celebrations of Rhythm aspect, where you will see the story of Bajan Music through song and dance. Finally 9pm kicks off the Street Party, where you can party “Bajan Style”. These nights represent the story of culture colour and spirit.
The Barbados Sailing Association Incognito Arts Exhibition and Fundraiser – Opening Reception
The month of October kicks off with this Opening Reception that will feature a variety of artists – both emerging and established – showcasing unique pieces. Held at the Barbados Yacht Club on October 1st, the pieces will all start at $150 BDS and will be silently auctioned. 50% of all proceeds will go towards the BSA’s Youth Racing Programme and also to send 5 of its sailors to Dinghy Championships in St. Maarten this October. After this Opening Reception, the exhibition will continue until November 19th, 2016.
Richard Stoute Teen Talent Contest 2016: Over 21 Finals
For several decades, the Richard Stoute Teen Talent contest has been the foundation for the development of some of the best young singers in Barbados. On October 23rd, Divi Southwinds will host the Over 21 finals where some of the best talented young singers in Barbados will be given the opportunity to display their considerable talent.
Electric Allure Festival 2016
The Electric Allure festival is an EDM themed concert held in Barbados using DJs from around the world. This year will see 16 DJs dropping beats all throughout the night. Held at three different venues on three different nights (October 14th – 16th), this is an event not to be missed.
Car Racing Events
Bushy Park will be a hive of activity in the month of October. See below for the various car racing events occurring this month.
“On The Wings of Love” Barbados Concert
The Barbados Jazz Excursion &Island Muzik Productions LLC presents Grammy-nominated Jeffrey Osbourne “On the Wings of Love” Concert, Saturday October 8th, 2016. The concert will be at the Barbados Concorde Experience, General $100, Reserved $125 and VIP $175 Start time 8:30. There will be a VIP Reception and Silent auction before the concert at 7:30 Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Headstart Music Programme.
CIBC First Caribbean Walk for the Cure
The annual “Walk for the Cure” is now in its fifth year and has become of the biggest cancer walk fundraiser in Barbados. Each year the Barbados Cancer Society Breast Screening Programme with title sponsor CIBC First Caribbean International Bank seeks to raise awareness and gain funds for the detection and treatment of cancer. This year the event will be held on Sunday October 02nd at 3:30, both the walk and run starts and ends at CIBC First Caribbean Regional Headquarters in Warrens. The 10K run starts at 3:45, 5K run at 4:00 and 5K walk at 4:15. Support the cause by purchasing a t-shirt $25 for adults $15 for children. To register or donate, visit http://cibcfcibwalkforthecure.causevox.com/
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.
Every Sunday, the Barbados National Trust organizes hikes for both beginners and intermediates. During the month of October, the hikes will be at Drax Hall Plantation, St. George; Oistins Car Park Christ Church; Arawak Cement Plant Playing Field, St. Lucy. The Moonlight hike will be at Hackleton’s Cliff top, St. Joseph on the 16th October at 5:30pm.
Go to the Movies
This month Olympus Theatre and Limegrove Cinema have a wide variety of movies for all audiences. Visit the Olympus in the south or Limegrove in the west the view one of the below listing- just to name a few:
Girl on the train
The birth of a Nation
Boo! Madea Halloween
Jack Reacher never go Back
Keeping up with the Joneses
There is plenty to do, plenty to see and plenty to experience in the month of October!
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