Golden Oldies Cricket Festival Heads to Barbados

Barbados’ wins bid to host international lifestyle cricket tournament

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – Barbados has won the bid to host the 2017 Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival, an international tournament for semi-professional and retired players.

Local cricketing legends, the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers and Joel Garner, have joined a delegation led by Alvin Jemmott, chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), to promote the tournament in Cape Town, South Africa at this year’s edition of the festival.

According to the BTMI chairman, the response to the Barbados delegation has been very positive thus far as they work toward attracting approximately 600 visitors to Barbados for May 6 – 13, 2017 edition of the festival.

“What is particularly interesting about having the 2017 Golden Oldies Cricket Festival is that it takes place during the month of May, which allows us to increase arrivals during a traditionally slower month. No less that five hotels are expected to benefit from this event. In addition our support services – restaurants, attractions, car rentals, nightlife facilities, etc. – are expected to gain additional business as the games are structured as a festival allowing participants to adequately enjoy the host country.

“One of the good elements of trying to generate interest in this particular festival is the level of respect that vintage players here in South Africa have for Sir Garfield Sobers and Joel Garner, both of whom are here as part of the official delegation. Another very positive sign is the willingness of the organizers to use local ground operators to handle the logistics of the festival, allowing us to keep additional foreign exchange in Barbados after putting together the 2017 event.”

“Tonight is the final event on our itinerary and again we will make our final push to leave a lasting impression during the awards ceremony as Sir Garfield Sobers makes his presentation to the entire group of participants, followed by the performance by calypsonian, Red Plastic Bag.”

The biannual festival is the brainchild of cricket enthusiast, Peter McDermott, and has previously been held in destinations such as Adelaide, Birmingham, Brisbane, Auckland and Sydney to mention a few.

The Golden Oldies Festival is not limited to cricket but also has editions catering to those who play rugby, golf, hockey and netball. The BTMI is exploring the opportunities of hosting these editions of the festival as well during their trip to Cape Town.

Dr. Allyson Leacock Re-Elected as Global World AIDS Campaign Chair

AMSTERDAM – The unanimous re-election of Dr. Allyson Leacock as Chair of the Global Steering Committee of the World AIDS Campaign is indeed a positive achievement for our region. The new Executive Committee was elected as The World AIDS Campaign (WAC) recently held its eighth Global Steering Committee (GSC) meeting in Amsterdam.

On the subject of her re-election to the post, Dr. Leacock said that “the diverse membership of the GSC and the World AIDS Campaign’s outreach to the global south including the Caribbean have been professionally enriching. I look forward to working with the very engaged members of the GSC and the passionate staff of the WAC as we embark on a renewed strategic direction for the next 5 years and advocate to keep HIV on the world’s critical agenda for sustained funding to continue saving lives”.  … 

One of Dr. Leacock’s key responsibilities as Chair is representing the Global Steering Committee at external meetings, such as the Biannual Country Partners Platform meetings of the World AIDS Campaign. She also acts on behalf of the World AIDS Campaign in Amsterdam and World AIDS Campaign International in Cape Town, South Africa, and will continue to do so during this second term as Chairman. 

As the Executive Director of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS which is headquartered in Barbados, Dr. Leacock is also a member of the Leadership Committee of the Global Media AIDS Initiative and represents the media seat on the GSC.

This re-election comes during a critical year for Dr. Leacock and other AIDS campaigners, as 2010 is the deadline for the G8’s commitment to universal access and the five-year marker to the Millennium Development Goals. The session, which was chaired by Dr Leacock, formed part of a large-scale strategic review of the World AIDS Campaign. . One of the key outcomes of the GSC meeting was work on the WAC’s new mission and values statement, which will be released in the coming weeks.  

Other members elected to the Executive Committee are Patricia Mugambai, Vice President and Director, Global Business Coalition East and Central Africa representing business. New members include Ethel Irene Hamman, Partner, Horwarth Zeller Karro as the new Chair of the Audit Committee; Rachel Ong, Chair of Global Network of People Living with HIV representing people living with HIV; Asif Altaf, HIV/AIDS Coordinator of the International Transport Worker’s Federation representing labour; George Ayala, Executive Officer, the Global Forum on MSM representing key populations ; Kate Thomson, Chief Civil Society Partnerships, UNAIDS as observer; and Mick Matthews, Global Fund Civil Society Liaison from the Global Fund as observer.
About the CBMP

Established in 2006, the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS (CBMP) unites 92 top broadcasters from 24 countries in the region’s first coordinated media response to the HIV pandemic. The Partnership creates a structured framework for sharing information and resources among broadcasters that significantly expands HIV/AIDS-related programming and public education activities across the Caribbean. Member broadcasters deliver HIV/AIDS information across a variety of platforms and formats, including targeted public service announcements (PSAs), entertainment programming, news and public affairs programming, and online resources.
In 2007, the CBMP launched LIVE UP – the Caribbean’s first media-led regional initiative that links people together with one message of hope and possibility and inspires everyone to consider what is within their power to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.  The CBMP is the regional action arm of the Global Media AIDS Initiative ( <>), a U.N.-supported effort conceived by the Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership with UNAIDS to mobilize the world’s media in response to AIDS.
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and The Ford Foundation are supporting partners of the CBMP.

For more information on the CBMP at <> and to learn more about LIVE UP and the new LIVE UP: This is Me creative campaign you may visit <>.

Dawn Wilkinson’s Devotion at CaribbeanTales 2010

Alice Jasmine walks home from school (scene from Devotion screening at CaribbeanTales 2010)BRIDGETOWN – SWEET DEVOTION: During her final year of a BA in Women’s Studies and African Studies at U of T in 1996, Dawn Wilkinson took a one-week filmmaking workshop in Mount Forest, Ontario, that persuaded her to pursue a life behind the camera. The young writer had been crafting plenty of fiction and literary criticism in her classes, but, at the screening of her five-minute film, she was floored by the “immediacy” of the response. “Seeing people connect to my story was something I’d never fully experienced with my writing.”

In 1999, Wilkinson studied at the Canadian Film Centre Directors’ Lab in Toronto. She also served as a director observer (in which a young filmmaker-hopeful watches an established pro at work) during the shooting of the movie Hurricane, with director Norman Jewison (BA 1949 VIC). Wilkinson had established the production company, Afterlife, in 1998, and has since made four short films, as well as several documentaries.

Producer Bobie Taffe and her team produced this video profile of filmmaker Dawn Wilkinson whose feature film Devotion is being screened at the CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival.

View “Dawn Wilkinson – Devotion” from Frances-Anne Solomon on Vimeo.

Her first feature, Devotion, recently won the Audience Award at the 2005 Reel World Film Festival in Toronto. The movie explores the concerns of belonging and alienation facing an 11-year-old biracial girl. Alice, the main character, also struggles with her mother’s death, caused by her father’s drunk driving. “The plot is not about being biracial; it’s about her not fitting in at school, about not getting along with her dad. Being biracial is the lens she’s looking through,” says Wilkinson. “I wanted to show that complexity: how she saw herself wasn’t how she was seen by others.”Reprinted from the University of Toronto Magazine.

More Clips from Devotion:

Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion” Trailer

Dawn Wilkinson Interview for“Devotion”

Fight Scene from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion

Alice and Grant from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion”

The Sally scene from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion”

Ja Ganesha from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion”

Halloween Scene from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion”

More about Dawn Wilkinson

More about Devotion

AfterLife Films Youtube Channel including interviews with Dawn and clips from “Devotion”

Devotion Offical Website

Dawn Wilkinson’s website

Film Festivals: Best of CaribbeanTales 2010

movie-carm-geTORONTO/BRIDGETOWN – The creative industries of film and television will receive a boost this February when CaribbeanTales, a Toronto-based multimedia company, brings together formidable local, regional and international partners to showcase, discuss and promote Caribbean film at “THE BEST OF CARIBBEANTALES FILM FESTIVAL AND SYMPOSIUM” that will take place at the Olympus Cinema, Sheraton Center and at UWI Cave Hill from February 23rd to March 2nd, 2010. The Festival will kick off with a Media Launch on December 8, 2009 at 1.30pm at the Errol Barrow Center for Creative Imagination, UWI Cave Hill.

The event’s Director is accomplished Toronto-based Trinidadian filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, whose most recent award-winning feature film A Winter Tale has won international acclaim, and who has been a visiting lecturer at UWI. She said: “February is Black History Month and it is fitting for us to mark this with a celebration of film, to start the year with a bang and to push the discussion forward about how we can create here a sustainable and profitable industry”.

The festival is incredibly proud to partner with a number of local organisations including One Caribbean Media, that will co-host a Symposium on Global Distribution, and whose CEO Dr. Terrence Farrell will be speaking at the Press Launch; and the Barbados Film and Video Association, whose president Penelope Hynam said: “I am delighted that Barbadian audiences will get to see some of the wonderful films we saw at the Caribbean Tales Festival in Toronto this year, including a fantastic cross section of work by our most important filmmakers from around the Diaspora.”

This year 2010 the CaribbeanTales Film Festival welcomes 3 new Associate Directors who will work alongside Solomon to program, manage and promote the festival: Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells, whose first feature film Kingston Paradise, recently wrapped production, and is destined for screens later in the year, joins the festival’s management team as the Co-ordinator of the Barbados event. Trinidad-based Producer-Director-TV Personality Lisa Wickham, CEO of E-Zone Entertainment, and Director of the Caribbean Film and Media Academy, (CFMA) will assist with the event production. The CFMA will also host a number of workshops as part of the festival activities. And Mitzi Allen, CEO and Co-owner of HAMA TV in Antigua, also joins the Festival as an Associate Director. HAMA will be covering the Festival, and will be seeking to bring a delegation of OECS producers to Toronto in June.

The CaribbeanTales Film Festival is North America’s only standalone festival showcasing the best of Caribbean cinema from around the world. Founded by Frances-Anne Solomon, the festival has survived, grown and thrived in the highly competitive Canadian festival scene, to become a notable event in the city’s calendar. “For our 5th anniversary we have planned a number of exciting events and initiatives to promote Caribbean film and TV, including a presence at Cannes 2010. It seemed fitting that we kick off this extraordinary year with a discussion in the Caribbean and Barbados is dynamic, central and accessible.”

Contact: Frances-Anne Solomon/ Monique Young