Barbados to show cultured side with winter, spring festivals

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados' culture takes center stage with events this winter and spring.

The ninth annual Jazz Festival, scheduled for Jan. 14 to 20, will feature performances at Sunbury Plantation House, Sherbourne Conference Centre, Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Heritage Park and Farley Hill National Park.

Individual performance tickets are priced between $20 and $50; a season ticket plan is priced at $170. Dionne Warwick is headlining the festival.

Tickets can be purchased at www.barbadosjazzonline.com.

A handful of tour operators are offering trips to coincide with the festival, including Gogo Worldwide Vacations and US Airways Vacations.

Holders Season, March 5 to 30, returns after a one-year hiatus with musical and theatrical productions.

Performances are held in the garden of Holders House, a 17th century plantation house.

Highlights include:

• "The Complete Works of Shakespeare," a play which presents 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 minutes.

• Two performances of "Madame Butterfly" by the London City Opera.

• "Loose Ends," a behind-the-scenes look at the theater world with Ned Sherrin. Musical accompaniment will be by Peter Greenwell.

For details, contact the Holders House at (246) 432-6385 or visit www.holders.net.

Also, The African-American Film Festival, May 23 to 27, will showcase the achievements of African-American directors.

Events include a look at past and current film releases and a spotlight on up-and-coming directors in the field.

Call the Barbados Tourism Authority at (800) 221-9831 or visit www.barbados.org for more details.

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