PRESS RELEASE – For many, historical and culturally related aspects of Saint Lucian tradition belong to a limited segment of society and as such public participation in related activities generally leaves a lot to be desired.
With its renewed vision to assist in the development of “a strong, united and proud Saint Lucian community empowered by culture and creativity”, the Cultural Development Foundation is on a continuous drive to encourage Saint Lucians to embrace our rich and diverse history which has contributed to the unique people that we are.
Consequently, two (2) significant areas of Saint Lucian culture – Emancipation and La Woz are being highlighted during a month of activities.
The activities begin with an intellectually stimulating panel discussion on the topic: “Emancipation – Myth or Reality”. The two (2) hour simulcast, moderated by veteran journalist Shelton Daniel featuring Rick Wayne, Tresha Lionel, Cyril “Get Through” Felix and Winston Phulgence, will be broadcast on NTN and RSL and will take place on Monday 28th July at 8:00 p.m.
Seven (7) Saint Lucian poets will show support for fellow poet, Vladimir Lucien, who earlier this year was the first prize Small Axe winner for his book, “Sounding Ground”, which will be launched on Wednesday 30th July at 7:00 p.m. at the CDF Conference Room.
The first week of events will also include an Art Exhibition at the Blue Coral Mall featuring the artistic works of Jalim Eudovique, Fiona Compton and Luigi St. Omer. The exhibition will be officially launched on Thursday July 31st and will be opened to the public from Saturday 2nd August for a duration two weeks from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
On Friday August 1st, a glorious tribute to the celebration of Emancipation has been planned and will include a walk organised by the Saint Lucia National Trust (Southern Chapter) in collaboration with the CDF. This will be followed by a parade along the street in Vieux Port with costumed La Woz groups, a contingent from the Indian Heritage Association of St. Lucia and the Rastafarian community among others. The parade will end at Sandy Beach with the groups giving lively presentations on the theme, Emancipation to La Woz – Dance or Die.
The Management of the St. Lucia’s Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) takes this opportunity to invite one and all to actively contribute to and participate in its first week of activities in the celebration of Emancipation. The CDF hastens now to express thanks to the Saint Lucian public, nationals and visitors alike, in anticipation of full engagement and spirited involvement in the above-mentioned activities.