May 21, 2004

WINFA Co-ordinator makes banana speech

WINFA’s Coordinator Renwick Rose returned home last weekend following a one-week visit to the United Kingdom where he was one of the feature speakers at a public forum in Birmingham held at the Bournville Centre for Visual Arts. {{more}}
Rose made a presentation on “The Future of the Banana Industry in the Windward Islands”, with other presenters being Simeon Greene of WIBDECO and Alistair Smith, Coordinator of the British development organization, BANANA LINK.
The forum was part of a weekend of activities which also included a highly-creative exhibition by South African sculptor Shelley Sacks, in which she uses thousands of banana skins in a skilled art work to relay the story of Caribbean banana producers.
A Think-Tank involving artists, theologians, researchers, writers, university lecturers and activists focusing on the use of several pieces of sculpture to highlight social issues was also held as part of the weekend’s activities.
Rose and Smith were also featured in a live radio interview on Saturday, May 5, on BBC Radio West Midlands.
Following the Birmingham events, Rose participated in the 4th UK/Caribbean Forum held in London, May 10-12, as part of the Vincentian delegation.