The IFLE VAPA program was officially launched held on November 20th, 2019 at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, in the presence of thirteen (13) National Focal Points and Artistic Mentors of the English-speaking Caribbean.
Following welcome remarks from Ms Evelyne Gasse (Regional Coordinator of the Alliances Françaises in the English-speaking Caribbean and IFLE Project Chief) and Andrew Millington (EBCCI Officer in Charge), the management team proceeded to formally present the IFLE Program and its VAPA component.
The main objective of the session was to collaboratively identify criterias and a process to guide the artists’ selection following the call for artists launched in September 2019. It was also an opportunity to exchange on the state of the cultural and creative sector in the different countries. More than a hundred applications to the IFLE VAPA program from artists of the English-speaking Caribbean will be reviewed in the coming weeks, based on the findings of this session.
We would like to thank the mentors, national focal points and the representative from the Department of Cultural Affairs of Martinique for their valuable contributions during the session. Many thanks to the Alliance Française de Bridgetown and the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination as well for their hospitality.