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The Holetown Festival 2013
Published on February 6, 2013

In 1627, between February 17th and 20th, eighty (80) English Settlers landed at what is known as Holetown aboard a ship called the William and John . With them were ten (10) African Slaves, who had been captured on the voyage. It is from this day that Barbados became a British Colony. 

The Holetown Festival, which commemorates this event, was the brainchild of Alfred Pragnell, he along with Keith Simmons and the members of Trents Northern Youth Group made up the committee that planned the first festival in 1977, it originally took place on the weekend nearest to these landing dates. It has become so popular that it now takes place over an eight day period, running from Sunday to Sunday. 

Entertainment includes a variety of music, such as Gospel, Classical, Tuk Band and Calypso, as well as Folk Dancing, presented in free open-air concerts. The festival provides and locals visitors with an introduction to Barbadian culture and traditions through a varied program that includes street parades, beauty pageants, craft fairs, historical exhibitions, sporting competitions and food and drink events.See the full list of scheduled activities below, or download here


SUNDAY, February 10


4.00 p.m.
Opening Celebrations at the Holetown Monument (in Super Centre car park) with Dancin' Africa, St. James Primary School, the Queen of the Festival Zoe Trotman and the contestants for 2013, Matthew Williams, St. Leonard's Boys Choir and Junior Calypso Monarch. Dancers, Zoe Trotman and Dalano Wickham, Blessing by Rev. Carlisle Isaac.

5.30 p.m.
The Ceremony of Beating Retreat by the Zouave Band of the Barbados Defence Force. The evening presented with the compliments of SUPER CENTRE, HOLETOWN

6.30 p.m. – 12.00 midnight
HOLETOWN PAN FEST featuring The Olakunde Steel Orchestra and the Barbados Defense Force Steel Orchestra.



MONDAY, February 11

10.00 a.m.
The Alfred Pragnell Memorial Talk "Historic Bridgetown and its Garrisons" by Dr. Karl Watson at the Holetown Methodist Church. Compliments of ROTHERLEY CONSTRUCTION INC.

10.30 a.m.
Opening of Exhibition "Heritage in Holetown; Holetown then and now" in the Holetown Library.

6.00 p.m – 12.00 midnight
Holetown Liming Tent opens with Karaoke competition from 9.00 p.m

7.30 p.m.
VARIETY NIGHT at the Seaside Theatre (Free Concert) featuring The Singers, Signers and Dancers from the School for the Hearing Impaired, Sing Out Barbados, George Francis, Mikey, Laff It Off, Bajan Sluggie and Charles Reef Dancers.



TUESDAY, February 12

9.30 a.m.
1st Bus Tour of Historic Holetown with Morris Greenidge (Limited seating). Tickets $10.00 from the Holetown Festival Information Booth. Bus leaves from the Holetown Library.

10.30 a.m.
Exhibition continues "Heritage in Holetown; Holetown then and now" in the Holetown Library.

12.00 p.m.
2nd Bus Tour of Historic Holetown with Morris Greenidge (Limited seating). Tickets $10.00 from the Holetown Festival Information Booth. Bus leaves from the Holetown Library.

12.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Lunchtime Steel Band Concert at the Surfside Restaurant.

6.00 p.m – 12.00 midnight
The Holetown Liming Tent opens with Karaoke competition from 9.00 p.m.

7.30 p.m.
ST. JAMES NORTH CONSTITUENCY COUNCIL GOSPEL TIME at the Seaside Theatre (Free Concert) featuring The Nazarene Silvertones, Alison Norville, Kenneth Armstrong, Anointed Expressions, Mighty Men of Valour and The Gospel Comforters Second Edition.




WEDNESDAY, February 13

10.00 a.m.
The Alfred Pragnell Memorial Talk.Seventeenth Century Barbados." by Doctorial Candidate Matthew Riley at the Holetown Methodist Church. Compliments of ROTHERLEY CONSTRUCTION INC.

10.30 a.m.
Exhibition continues "Heritage in Holetown; Holetown then and now" in the Holetown Library.

6.00 p.m – 12.00 midnight
The Holetown Liming Tent opens with Karaoke competition from 9.00 p.m.

7.30 p.m
LONDON / HOLETOWN NIGHT at the Seaside Theatre (Free Concert) presenting Haringey Young Musicians (Jazz Band) from England, Rhapsody of Barbados, Crystal Austin, Kibi Greenidge and Chereece Chandler. 



THURSDAY, February 14


10.00 a.m.
Bus Tour of Historic Holetown with Morris Greenidge (Limited seating)...Tickets $10.00 from the Holetown Festival Information Booth. Bus leaves from the Holetown Library.

10.30 a.m.
Exhibition continues "Heritage in Holetown; Holetown then and now." in the Holetown Library.

12.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Lunchtime Steel Band Concert at the Surfside Restaurant.

6.00 p.m – 12.00 midnight
The Holetown Liming Tent opens with Karaoke competition from 9.00 p.m.

7.30 p.m.
SURFSIDE RESTAURANT NIGHTat the Seaside Theatre (Free Concert) featuring Haringey Young Musicians (Steel Orchestra) from England, AC, Grynner, Red Plastic Bag. Holetown Fashion Festival.

 

FRIDAY, February 15

10.00 a.m.
The Alfred Pragnell Memorial Talk. "The Panama Barbados Connection" By Maurice Greenidge at the Holetown Methodist Church. Compliments of ROTHERLEY CONSTRUCTION INC

10.30 a.m.
Exhibition continues "Heritage in Holetown; Holetown then and now" in the Holetown Library.

6.00 p.m – 12.00 midnight
The Holetown Liming Tent opens with Karaoke competition from 8.00 p.m.

8.00 p.m
CHEFETTE RESTAURANTS NIGHT
Grand Floodlit Tattoo and night march at the Trents Playing Field with the band of The Royal Barbados Police Force, The Mounted Police, and the cadets of the Regional Police Training School. Specialty number: Barbados International Cheerleaders. Reserved seating by Ticket ($5.00) available at Surfside Restaurant and the Holetown Festival Information Booth..



SATURDAY, February 16

1.00 a.m.
SETTLERS, the West Coast Experience Carnival
Colourful revelry along the West Coast, from the bottom of Holders' Hill to Trents Playing Field.

8.00 a.m.
The 37th Annual BANKS/COCA COLA Street Fair...Bajan Arts and Crafts... Food from Barbados and the Caribbean...The Prison Service Arts and Craft Centre, This That and T'other Shop... The Banks Beer Garden. Traditional Tuk Band Music. Ital food, books, jewelry, shoes, clothing, Children's Play Park and Mini Zoo, toys and lots more.

11.00 a.m.
THE COURTESY GARAGE LTD. STREET PARADEfeaturing Vintage and Classic Cars, The Queen of The Festival Zoe Trotman and the contestants for 2013, the Barbados Cadet Corps, Dancin' Africa, The Barbados Regiment Band, St. James, Gordon Greenidge, and Luther Thorne Primary Schools, the Learning Centre, Youth Uprising, Haynesville Youth Group, Elite Gems Cheerleaders, Darryl Jordan Secondary School and the Parish Ambassadors.

12.00 noon
The Holetown Methodist Church...Food for the Body and Soul...A home cooking restaurant on the lawn and in the flower decorated Church, short recitals by performers from 1.00 p.m to 6.00 p.m (Performances co-ordinated by Maurice Greenidge)

1.30 p.m.
Radio controlled auto racers display

4.00 p.m.
THE BARBADOS TOURISM AUTHORITY presents "The Holetown Dooflicky" with Folk Parade and Bajan Carnival.

5.00 p.m.
Mini Concert at the Chattel Stage

6.00 p.m
Festival Sunset Concert with the Royal Barbados Police Force Band at the Seaside Theatre.

12.00 midnight
STREET FAIR STALLS CLOSE



SUNDAY, February 17

9.00 a.m.
Thanksgiving Service at the Holetown Methodist Church...To mark the Anniversary of the First Settlement in 1627.

10.00 a.m. Street Fair Stalls re-open

3.30 p.m.
The Michael Parravicino Memorial 7K Road Walk, from Speightstown to Holetown. Sponsored by REALTORS LTD and organized by St. Clair Ward for Walk Barbados.

4.15 p.m.
FESTIVAL 7K Road Run on the same route. (Organized by Jasper Blades)

5.15 p.m.
Presentation of Prizes at the Chattel Stage.

6.00 p.m.
CLASSICAL STEEL AND VOICES CONCERT at the St. James Parish Church. (Tickets $20.00 from the Holetown Festival Information Booth and the Church).

6.30 p.m.
The Spiritual Baptists Candlelight Procession and Worship Service at the Seaside Theatre.

7.30 p.m.
The Grand Finale... THE QUEEN OF THE FESTIVAL PAGEANT with seven beautiful contestants in the Auditorium of the Frederick Smith Secondary School. 
(Admission $30.00 – Tickets at the door)

8.00 p.m.
STREET FAIR STALLS CLOSE

 
For more information, please visit www.holetownfestivalbarbados.org


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