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6th Annual Barbados Gospelfest Rings in Spring


Barbados, May 7, 2008 – Celebrating the best in international, regional and local gospel talent, this year’sBarbados Gospelfest – AWESOME 2008,” will be held from May 18th through May 25th, 2008.  Continuing to attract thousands of locals and visitors from the Caribbean, the US and the UK, the festival has become a major annual Caribbean gospel event, held at various venues across Barbados. 2008’s celebration will feature an exciting lineup of talented artists, ranging from choirs to comedians.


This year’s leading performer, Israel and New Breed, the 2007 Grammy Award winner for Best Traditional Gospel Album, will captivate and electrify the audience. Other headliners are Shekinah Glory Ministry of Chicago whose ultimate purpose is reflected in the meaning of its name – to usher listeners into the “very manifest presence of God.”

Christian Comedy will feature for the first time in the festival with the introduction of Christian comedian Akintunde, a thirteen-year veteran stand-up comedian. Akintunde’s humorous musings on the challenges of marriage and parenting in the 21st century, as well as his clever observations about everyday life, have made him one of the most popular Christian comics working today.

As a wholesome family-oriented festival, Barbados Gospelfest incorporates specific events that target children, teenagers and young adults.

The calendar of events for this year’s 16th Annual Barbados Gospelfest is as follows:

Sunday, May 18th (Venue and time to be announced):

Event: 15th Anniversary Celebration and Thanksgiving Service


Monday, May 19th (7:00pm): St. Michael’s Cathedral Bridgetown

Event: Hymn Speak “Lost in Wonder, Love & Praise”


Wednesday, May 21st (5:30pm): Jackie Opel Amphitheatre, Bridgetown

Event: British American Sunset Concert


Thursday, May 22nd (8:00pm): Frank Collymore Hall for the Expressions of Gospel

Event: Courts Expressions of Gospel


Friday, May 23rd (8:00pm/9:00pm): Divi Southwinds Beach Resort (Venue to be announced)

Event: Laughter and Jazz

Event: Extreme Youth Event


Saturday, May 24th (7:00pm): Garfield Sobers Complex (Wildey, St. Michael)

Event: International Gospel Night “All Nations Sing”


Sunday, May 25th (1:00pm): Farley Hill National Park (Farley Hill St. Peter)

Event: One Awesome Day

*There is an entrance fee for some of these events.

The Barbados Tourism Authority partners with Barbados Gospelfest to promote the festival throughout the Caribbean, the USA, Canada and the UK. Interest continues to be strong in these markets where special travel and accommodation packages facilitate persons visiting Barbados for the festival. To book packages go to and click on the travel tab.



Barbados Gospelfest is an annual production of Gospelfest (Barbados) Inc. Envisioned to be the premier international Christian music and arts festival, Barbados Gospelfest promotes the life-changing impact of God in the lives of all those that come into contact with the festival. Now in its 16th year, Gospelfest features leading local, regional and international Gospel artists. It also provides a platform for artistic interpretation of Gospel through dance and other expressions. The festival is family-oriented and
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