The late Arden Clarke and his wife Jeanette Layne - Clarke along with a group of devoted cultural enthusiasts were the brains behind the conceptualisation of Barbados' first National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) back in November of 1973.


NIFCA seeks to tap into Barbados' best talent by way of encouraging persons to get creative with their resources which they showcase on stage to the people of Barbados. Entries to this festival are submitted in seven (7) disciplines of drama, dance, music, literary arts, fine art and craft, culinary arts and photography.


Barbados' best talent is not in any way limited as this festival sees entries from school children, community groups, church organisations and even penal institutions where the role of the arts has been heightened in an effort to assist in their rebuilding process. Entrants at NIFCA come back year after year to show their talent in a refreshed way as they use each year as a time of growth and development.


Gold, silver and bronze awards of achievement, top amateur awards named after local cultural icons and, in recent times, awards for entries by professionals, the highest being the Governor General's Award of Excellence are all up for grabs at this cultural extravaganza.


NIFCA continues to shape Barbados' cultural personality by way of awareness and promoting activities which culminate to form the essence of the festival. As the slogan so aptly states "The Tradition of Excellence Continues".


Further information on the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) can be sourced at




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