The news of the sudden passing of Mr. Vaughn Walter MBE, Director of Culture of Antigua and Barbuda, has filled the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) with immense sadness and a deep sense of loss.
Vaughn Walter was known for his extensive knowledge of Antigua and Barbuda’s history and culture. From 1999, he served as the Coordinator of Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival and subsequently as the Chairman of Carnival. In 2009 he became the Director of Culture.
He was an active member of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC), which is comprised of CARICOM’s Directors of Culture and served during 2016 and 2017 as the Chair of this regional advisory body.
Being very passionate about promoting the arts and culture of Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean, he led his country’s delegation to four editions of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) since 2013. Vaughn Walter became a Member of the CARIFESTA Interim Festival Directorate in 2018, representing Antigua and Barbuda as the next host country of CARIFESTA. In May 2019, he was assigned the role of Festival Director for CARIFESTA XV, which will be hosted by Antigua and Barbuda in 2021.
Vaughn Walter was the son of Antigua and Barbuda’s second Premier and National Hero, Sir George Herbert Walter and Hyacinth Walter.
Vaughn Walter was a dear friend and will be very much missed by his CARICOM family. His inspiring leadership and insightful contributions in culture meetings, his enthusiasm and infectious spirit were highly valued by his colleagues in the Regional Cultural Committee, the CARIFESTA Interim Festival Directorate and the CARICOM Secretariat.
Under his leadership, Antigua and Barbuda had a consistently strong and engaging country presence at CARIFESTA, especially at the recently held CARIFESTA XIV in Trinidad and Tobago in August 2019.
The CARICOM Secretariat extends on behalf of the Caribbean Community, the Regional Cultural Committee and CARIFESTA, heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda. The region has lost a distinguished son. May God grant him eternal peace.