Barbados Independence Celebrations

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2016 is a very special year for Barbados. On November 30th we celebrate 50 years of Independence; in light of the special occassion we are celebrating throughout the year!

Here are some of the major activities:

Day(s)MonthEvent
January21Errol Barrow Day: 50th Anniversary of Independence Sunset Community Concert
January21Errol Barrow Day: 50th Anniversary of Independence Trident Run
March20Signia’s Footstep Challenge 5K Run/Walk
April02,03,04,
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Our Golden Year Flower Show
April15BMHS Exhibition: Landscapes of Power and Resistance
April16From Bussa to Barrow and Beyond
April21UWI FMS Public Lecture - Children with Diabetes
April2131st Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture
April28National Heroes' Day - A Tribute to the Prime Ministers of Barbados
May01St. James Parish Month Launch and Receiving of the 50th Anniversary Commeorative Trident
May08Motor Sport - Barbados Festival of Speed 2016
May12,13,14The BIM Literary Festival and Book Fair
May14Community Independence Celebrations - Celebrating Who We Are
May16Cricket: National Youth Faith Tournament
May18UWI Co-Op Credit Union Lecture and Panel Discussion - Barbados at 50
May27,28St. James Parish Month of Activities
May30Ministry of Transport and Works Lecture - From Cart Roads to Asphalt
June01Audio/Visual Lecture: Barbados 1966 to 2016
June19Barbados Diabetes Foundation: Sweetness Concert
July28Sir Garry 80 Not Out ICBL T20 Legends to Legacy Cricket Match and Party
August01,07,09,
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St. Michael Parish Independence Committee Activities
September10St. Philip Parish Independence Committee - Service of Song
September10An Evening with the Stars at the Hilton Barbados
September15,22,29UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident
September18Labour Marches On Ceremony and Heritage March
September25Transport Board Historic Scenic Bus Ride - World Postal Day
October01,09,15,
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St. Joseph Parish Independence Committee Activities
October05The 2016 Elsie Payne Memorial Lecture
October06,11,20UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident
October11Community Independence Celebrations - 50 Days to 50 Years Parade and Concert
October15National Cultural Foundation Exhibition: Art-Speak by Omowale Stewart - Opening Reception
October18,19,20,
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National Cultural Foundation Exhibition: Art-Speak by Omowale Stewart
October19Nation Talkback - Barbados Beyond 50: Youth and a Successful Society
October29Whitehall Methodist Church - 10th Anniversary Dinner
November01,02,03,
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National Cultural Foundation Exhibition: Art-Speak by Omowale Stewart
November03,10,17,
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UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident
November05GCA Exhibition: 50 Shades of Bajan Art - Opening Reception
November07,08,09,
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GCA Exhibition: 50 Shades of Bajan Art
November07,08,09,
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BMHS 50th Anniversary of Independence Exhibition: Road to Destiny
November08,15Flavours of Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence Dinner and Cabaret Show at The Sea Rocks Dome
November12Live Steel Pan Orchestra at Limegrove
November1250th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - Pan at Independence and Floor Show
November13Barbados Ah Come From! - St. Matthias Anglican Church Luncheon
November13Bridgetown Heritage Tour and Luncheon
November15Manor Lodge Pop-Up Gallery Exhibition: We Pledge Allegiance - Official Opening
November16,17,18,
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BOA 50th Anniversary Independence Games
November16,17,18,
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Manor Lodge Pop-Up Gallery Exhibition: We Pledge Allegiance
November16EBCCI Imagination Awards Ceremony
November17,18,19,
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50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - Mirror, Mirror, Show me a Hero Futuristic Play
November19New Testament Church of God - 50th Anniversary Independence Dinner
November19The Barbados Defence Force Live at Limegrove
November19,26Eco Adventure Tours: Bridgetown - Beyond De Bridge Heritage Walking Tour
November202016 NIFCA Performing Arts GALA
November2050th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - Church Service and Gospel Concert
November20,27FS Academy Company 6's Day/Night Independence Cricket Competition
November2250th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - Nostalgia! An Evening of Barbadian Elegance
November22Flavours of Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence Dinner and Cabaret Show at The Sea Rocks Dome with Red Plastic Bag
November23CANCELLED - 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - National Concert
November23NEW DATE - BTPA: Come Town Concert On The Barge
November23International Men's Day - 50th Anniversary of Independence Awards Ceremony
November24Q de Banks with Q In The Community - Families First Independence Reunion Edition
November2550th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - Prime Minister's Dinner and Ball
November25Blue, Yellow & Black: All-Inclusive Independence Party
November25Movie Premiere - Barrow: Freedom Fighter at Limegrove Cinemas
November26Barbados Spectacular... Featuring the Legends of Spouge
November2650th Anniversary Celebration Party at The Blue Moon Club
November26UK Style Independence Show and Dance at The Marina Bar and Restaurant
November26BRaSS Partee - The Golden Jubilee Edition
November26Golden Feast at Sandalwood Estate
November26The Gardenia Dinner and Ball at the Hilton
November26Limegrove Bajan Market at Limegrove
November26DLP 50th Anniversary of Independence Dinner and Dance
November26Harrison's Cave By Night Independence Double Celebrations
November26Christ Church Parish Church Independence Concert - 50 and Moving On
November26Celebrating Fifty, Praises Through The Years Concert
November26Live Entertainment at The Walk
November2750th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - Thanksgiving Service
November2850th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - One People, One Barbados Human Chain Link
November29,30POSTPONED-50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - Reveal of the 50th Anniversary National Monument
November29Bridgetown Community 50th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service
November30POSTPONED- 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - National Independence Day Parade
November3050th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - Golden Spectacular Mega Concert - VENUE CHANGE
November30Barbados 50th Anniversary Premium Beach Party - Martinis and Bikinis
November30Twisted Entertainment: BIM Tipsy - The Independence Cooler Party-NEW DATE AND TIME
November30Independence Day Lunch at the Courtyard Marriott
November30Film Screening - Barrow: Freedom Fighter at the Olympus Theatres
December01,02,03National Cultural Foundation Exhibition: Art-Speak by Omowale Stewart
December01,02,03,
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BMHS 50th Anniversary of Independence Exhibition: Road to Destiny
December01,02,03,
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Manor Lodge Pop-Up Gallery Exhibition: We Pledge Allegiance
December0150th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations - National Independence Day Parade - NEW DATE AND VENUE
December03Fifty/50 at the Hilton Barbados - NEW DATE
December03GCA Exhibition: Diversity - Opening Reception
December03Eco Adventure Tours: Bridgetown - Beyond De Bridge Heritage Walking Tour
December03Flavours of Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence Dinner and Cabaret Show at The Sea Rocks Dome - NEW DATE
December04Digicel Barbados Is Music Independence Concert - NEW DATE
December05,06,07,
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GCA Exhibition: Diversity
December06,07,08,
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BOA 50th Anniversary Independence Games
December10,11The Marlon Legall Voice Project - Barbados' 50th Anniversary Gold Edition
January02,03,04GCA Exhibition: Diversity
January03,04,05,
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BMHS 50th Anniversary of Independence Exhibition: Road to Destiny
February01,02,03,
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BMHS 50th Anniversary of Independence Exhibition: Road to Destiny
March01,02,03,
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BMHS 50th Anniversary of Independence Exhibition: Road to Destiny
April01,02,03,
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BMHS 50th Anniversary of Independence Exhibition: Road to Destiny

History

Barbados flag

After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. That first independence ceremony was accompanied by the raising of the Barbados national flag, and playing of the national anthem for the first time. November 30th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday in Barbados.

Celebrations

Independence celebrations run throughout the month of November and include sports competitions, fairs, community events and religious services.

On Independence Day a grand parade is held, usually at the Garrison Savannah, site of the original Independence ceremony in 1966.

One of the highlights of the Independence celebrations is the decorative lighting of Parliament Buildings, Independence Square, the Independence Arch and businesses throughout the capital Bridgetown, using blue and gold coloured bulbs (the national colours). Roundabouts on the highways are also lighted, creating a spectacular view at night.

 
Barbados parliament lit in Independence colours

NIFCA

Another highlight of the celebrations is the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) which showcases the artistic talents of Barbadians. This festival encourages Barbadians of all ages to match their talents in the fields of music, singing, dance, drama, writing, fine art, photography and arts and crafts. The festival runs throughout the month of November and culminates with a gala presentation in which the finalists are featured.



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