Davina Barbara

in Culture Insight

Gibraltar Cultural Services Development Officer

Where did you first start your employment? 

“I recently changed jobs joining Gibraltar Cultural Services as their Cultural Development Officer, this after a seventeen and a half year career in Broadcasting working for GBC. It’s been a busy ten months where I’ve been involved in varied and exciting projects and initiatives. I am enjoying the challenges, missing my former colleagues, but embracing all the opportunities that the job allows for.”

How would you describe yourself? 

“Depends on the day lol but generally sociable, determined, hardworking and impatient.”

Which person has been the biggest influence in your life? 

“My granny Hilda, I think she nurtured my love of performing and I inherited her passion for life and storytelling. I miss her, she will always be a big part of my life.”

What’s the best book you’ve ever read? 

“Too hard to choose just one, but I’ve just finished reading the Salt Path, by Raynor Winn, which I’ve found inspiring and moving.”

What’s your favourite music track? 

“Again depends on my mood I will easily navigate form Coldplay to Alanis to Queen.”

What’s your biggest fear? 

“I don’t dwell on fears, but not having time to do all there is to do, that makes me very nervous!!!”

If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? 

“I am my own worst enemy, too self-critical at times. I wish I were a little more laidback and carefree but I’m a natural worrier.”

Have you ever been given advice that you wished you had acted on? 

“Always know what you’re getting into before committing to something.”

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given? 

“I go to my sensible friends for this, seeing things from a different perspective is always important, their advice has always been sound although I haven’t always wanted to hear what they have to say!” 

What makes you laugh? 

“Silly jokes, reminiscing with my life-long friends, and children’s rationale; youngsters come up with the best comments and theories.”

What’s the best country you’ve ever visited and why? 

“I love travelling and I believe every place you visit has something special to offer. Cambodia was one of our honeymoon destinations, and it still stands out for its charm and beauty and rawness. The World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat, is truly an awe-inspiring place, really special.” 

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

“Happiness is a state of being, you need to be at peace with yourself to be truly happy. I struggle with my demons, but generally I try to appreciate all I have, wear a smile, be kind and just enjoy life, this way I keep the demons at bay, or try to at least.”

Have you had any embarrassing moments? 

“Let’s just say I’m glad social media wasn’t around when I was a teenager.”

Which word or phrases do you most overuse? 

“Actually and obviously, as my dad constantly reminds me.”

Do you have any regrets? 

“Don’t believe in them really, but I suppose I always wanted to do the travelling thing before settling down… might do it when I retire though.”

What keeps you awake at night? 

“Mosquitos, and a good Netflix series!”

What’s the best experience you’ve had in life so far? 

“I have brilliant memories from school and growing up, having being blessed in this way. Neverthless, I am a person who works hard and perseveres, and always try to make the most of the opportunities that come my way. Having my son is probably one of the most special experience that stands out, from pregnancy to child-birth and taking on the role of mother, your life changes forever, the journey is continuous, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” 

If you didn’t live where you are currently located where would you like to Live (Money no object)?

“I visited Florence a few years ago, and it felt very much like home, the food the people the culture I was convinced I could speak Italian too. But if I had to choose a specific location, it would have to be somewhere where I am surrounded by nature and the sea.”

If you could change one thing about Gibraltar what would it be??

“Less traffic, I hate the congestion and the noise and the construction there’s just too much. Oops that’s two!”

What is your favourite hobby or interest? 

“I love nature and being active so I try to combine the two as much as possible. Walks on the beach, kayaking at sea, cycle rides etc. And a good read, you can always escape into a book.”


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