#CatIsland, June 5, 2018 – Bahamas – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard said that his Ministry was committed to collaborating with the Cat Island Rake-n-Scrape Festival committee in ensuring that each year the product improves and enlarges the reach of Bahamian artists, artisans and chefs beyond the boundaries of Cat Island and The Bahamas.
“In our view, Cat Island ought to be the Rake-N-Scrape capital of the world,” Minister Pintard said, referring to the event that he officially opened on May 31, 2018, in Arthur’s Town, Cat Island. Also joining the Minister from his Ministry for the Festival was Percy “Vola” Francis, accompanied by Cat Island Family Island Administrator Neil Campbell. Earlier that day, the trio interacted with organizers, vendors, performers and attendees.
“The most significant Rake-N-Scrape artists should participate in this festival and out of the festival should emerge new Rake-N-Scrape performers. The sights, sounds and tastes of Cat Island ought to be on full display and packaged for ongoing sale on island and exported year round.” Minister Pintard said that various artists’ music, flour cakes, miniatures of Mt. Alvernia, salt packages, artwork of the blue holes or plantations, jams and jellies from various islands, fruits, soaps and candles manufactured on island, baked Cat Island crabs and countless other delights can be produced to better brand the island and revive the economy.
He noted that Cat island had produced cultural icons, pioneering educators, renowned pastors and a global actor such as Sir Sidney Poitier. “As a descendant of Cat Island, I’m proud of our heritage, brilliance and indomitable spirit of our people,” Minister Pintard stated.
“This Festival provides the backdrop against which we can explore our heritage and eco-tourism; thereby increasing room inventory, occupancy, sea arrivals and airlift.” He continued that the proposed clean up and signage on heritage and eco-sites are indications of the Government’s commitment, and his Ministry will work in partnership with the Member of Parliament, local government officials and residents to make the transformation a reality.
By: Eric Rose (BIS)
(BIS Photos/Eric Rose)