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Cultural Institutions of Barbados

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Government Information Service
Bay Street, St. Michael, Barbados

General information on Barbados including cultural organizations and events

National Cultural Foundation (NCF )
West Terrace, St. James, Barbados
Tel: (246) 424-0909
Fax: (246) 424-0916

Promote and develop Culture and to organize and manage cultural events
Stimulate and facilitate the development of culture generally
Stimulate and to promote the development of cultural industries
Develop, maintain and manage government's cultural facilities and equipment
Organize and manage national cultural festivals and events
Organize cultural developmental programmes and projects

Commission for Pan-African Affairs
2nd Floor Thomas Daniel Bldg
Hincks Street, Bridgetown, Barbados
Phone: 246-228-8757/8/9/60
Fax: 246-228-8817

The "Commission for Pan-African Affairs", has been mandated by the Government of Barbados to address and rectify that deficiency in Barbadian institutions and national life which is manifested in the relative dearth of relationships, exchanges and interactions with the nations, population groups and institutions of the continent of Africa and the world-wide African Diaspora.

The objectives of the Commission are:

•  To ensure that the Government and institutions of Barbados establish concrete political, economic and cultural links with the Governments and institutions of Africa and the African Diaspora
•  To assist in the development of the African derived segment of the Barbadian cultural landscape.
•  To be available as a Pan-African resource institution to be drawn upon by other Government departments and private sector agencies.

Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office
Clarence Greenidge House"
Keith Bourne Complex
Belmont Road,  St. Michael, Barbados
Tele: (246) 436-4818 / 9
Fax:  (246) 437-3072
email : [email protected]

http://www.caipo.gov. b b

Property Rights regulations

The 'Intellectual Property Section' of the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office is responsible for administering Barbados' intellectual property rights system and for advising the Ministry of Economic Development on the technical and policy issues which underlie Barbados' intellectual property rights regime.

Intellectual Property comprises two (2) main branches, namely:

•  Industrial Property for inventions called patents, trade marks or service marks, integrated circuits, geographical indications, plant breeder's rights and industrial designs; and
•  Copyright for literary, musical, artistic, photographic and audiovisual works and related rights.

Culture Section – Prime Minister's Office
Director of Cultural Policy and Research
The Culture Section
Bay Street, St. Michael, Barbados
[email protected]

To advise on the formulation of cultural policy
To conduct research in relation to the formulation of cultural policy
To coordinate the implementation of cultural policy initiatives


Barbados Museum and Historical Society
The Barbados Museum and Historical Society
St. Ann's Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados
Tel: (246) 427-0201 / (246) 436-1956
Fax: (246) 429-5946.

The Barbados Museum was established in 1933 by a small group of concerned citizens, including the prominent local lawyer and historian, Mr. Eustace Maxwell Shilstone, after whom the museum library was named. The Society was incorporated by an Act of Legislature in 31st May, 1933.
To collect, document and conserve evidence of Barbados' cultural, historical and environmental heritage (tangible and intangible) and to interpret and present this evidence for all sectors of the society
To collaborate with government in the preservation of cultural heritage.

Barbados National Trust
Wildey Great House,
Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados
Tel: (246) 426-2421/436-9033
Fax: (246) 429-9055

The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to establish and preserve the natural and artistic heritage of Barbados and increase public awareness of Barbados' historic and architectural riches. The Trust disseminates information on natural and cultural heritage. This is done through involvement in numerous natural/cultural heritage task forces etc., and through the library which is accessible to the public.

Compilation of specific data.

Barbados Arts Council
20 Pelican Craft Centre
Harbour Road, St. Michael
Tel: (246) 426-4385

Barbados Craft Council
12 Pelican Craft Centre
Harbour Road, St. Michael
Tel: (246) 426-5213


VOICES: Barbados Writer's Collective online

To provide online information and resources for Barbadian authors

Online Guide to Barbados

Provides information about culture, cultural events and cultural tourism

Fun Barbados

Provides information about culture and listings of different cultural industries in the Crafts, Museums and Music

Barbados Music

Provides online information about music in Barbados

Art Barbados




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