ROSEAU, Dominica -- According to Irvin Durand, chief executive officer of Caribbean Performing Arts Federation (C-PAF), “The performing arts and our performing artistes are faced with an ongoing challenge in the area of training to become more competitive.”
“The artistes need training to become competitive with their international counterparts,” Durand continued
Furthermore, he added, “Even within the region, we found that our Caribbean counterparts are always way ahead.”
Durand expanded on this, saying that the competing Caribbean counterparts are always more structured, more developed, received more training, had more workshops, and always got the bigger share of the ‘pie’.
“Mark you, some of the other countries and their organised structures, assisted them in making sure that they had those segments of the market,” he said.
Durand said the pressure felt throughout Caribbean countries are the same. According to him, performing artistes in both the music and theater arenas, all go through the limits within the region’s small markets.
Durand said, “The challenges are endless, but they are basically the same challenges that everyone faces. But we have less resources and less of an understanding.”
He said that the Dominica government is less understanding of the sector as a tradeable or marketable product. He continued by saying that a lot of work has been done during the last couple of years by individual countries through the Coalition of Service Industries.
“Some headway has been made, but it is nothing in comparison to what is really needed to propagate the industry,” he said.
The Federation aims to develop the needed infrastructure for a successful performing arts industry in Dominica to thrive.
Durand explained that, in referring to performing arts, these are performances that are cross-cutting with entertainment.
“The Federation is yielding a new flow of traffic for creators, trainers, and for people who want to do internships as we expose the talents and opportunities we have. Also, to be able to do inter-island joint ventures,” the CEO said.
He said that the Federation’s flagship is called “Gems of the Caribbean”, which is a festival that is being planned to rotate around the islands.
“It will definitely bring certain influx of traffic and visitors to the various islands, therefore, the same to Dominica,” he concluded.
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