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:
|January||21||Errol Barrow Day: 50th Anniversary of Independence Sunset Community Concert|
|January||21||Errol Barrow Day: 50th Anniversary of Independence Trident Run|
|March||20||Signia’s Footstep Challenge 5K Run/Walk|
|Our Golden Year Flower Show|
|April||15||BMHS Exhibition: Landscapes of Power and Resistance|
|April||16||From Bussa to Barrow and Beyond|
|April||21||UWI FMS Public Lecture - Children with Diabetes|
|April||21||31st Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture|
|April||28||National Heroes' Day - A Tribute to the Prime Ministers of Barbados|
|May||01||St. James Parish Month Launch and Receiving of the 50th Anniversary Commeorative Trident|
|May||08||Motor Sport - Barbados Festival of Speed 2016|
|May||12,13,14||The BIM Literary Festival and Book Fair|
|May||14||Community Independence Celebrations - Celebrating Who We Are|
|May||16||Cricket: National Youth Faith Tournament|
|May||18||UWI Co-Op Credit Union Lecture and Panel Discussion - Barbados at 50|
|May||27,28||St. James Parish Month of Activities|
|May||30||Ministry of Transport and Works Lecture - From Cart Roads to Asphalt|
|June||01||Audio/Visual Lecture: Barbados 1966 to 2016|
|June||19||Barbados Diabetes Foundation: Sweetness Concert|
|July||28||Sir Garry 80 Not Out ICBL T20 Legends to Legacy Cricket Match and Party|
|St. Michael Parish Independence Committee Activities|
|September||10||St. Philip Parish Independence Committee - Service of Song|
|September||10||An Evening with the Stars at the Hilton Barbados|
|September||15,22,29||UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident|
|September||18||Labour Marches On Ceremony and Heritage March|
|September||25||Transport Board Historic Scenic Bus Ride - World Postal Day|
|October||05||The 2016 Elsie Payne Memorial Lecture|
|October||06,11,20||UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident|
|October||19||COB Co-Op Credit Union Lecture|
|UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident|
|November||19||50th Anniversary Independence Dinner|
|November||20||2016 NIFCA Performing Arts GALA|
|November||26||Barbados Spectacular... Featuring the Legends of Spouge|
|November||29||Digicel Barbados Is Music Independence Concert|
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.
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.
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.