Culture/History

FRC reflects on contributions of late Caribbean cultural stalwarts

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) joins the people of the Caribbean, particularly members of the cultural and artistic community, in paying tribute to the lives of two renowned Caribbean artists, Dr Michael Gilkes and Mr. Anthony Hall, who recently passed away. Dr.Michael Gilkes was a native of Guyana. He lectured at the University of ...

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Senator Belrose: “All In” Independence theme now a model in COVID-19 fight

(St. Lucia News Online) — The “All in” theme and depicting national monument for Saint Lucia’s 40th Anniversary of Independence in 2019 is now an “emerging model” — even in the United States – in the battle against the dreaded coronavirus disease, COVID-19. That’s according to Senator Fortuna Belrose, the minister responsible for culture and creative industries as she encouraged ...

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FRC postpones AGM due to coronavirus pandemic

(PRESS RELEASE) – As the nation grapples with the impact of the global pandemic of COVID-19 and in the spirit of national solidarity, the Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) announces the postponement and cancellation of its Annual General Meeting (AGM), and the FRC Saint Lucia Studies Conference 2020, respectively. Nonetheless, against this familiar dismal backdrop, the organization reflects ...

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Nobel Laureate Festival Celebrating Excellence: Vision 20/20 excels

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia’s Nobel Laureate Festival under the theme Celebrating Excellence: Vision 20/20 is ending. With four more events planned for February and March, the 27th year of celebrating the island’s two Nobel Laureates, Sir William Arthur Lewis (Economics, 1979) and Sir Derek Alton Walcott (Literature, 1992), has shown improved attendance in all of its featured events. From ...

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Walcott Open House

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia National Trust under the kind patronage of the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee presented KINDLING: Under Walcott’s Light, on Monday 13th January 2020 in the courtyard of Walcott House at No. 17 Chaussée Road at 7PM. The production was inspired by Mr. Mac Donald Dixon’s theme for this year’s Sir Derek Walcott’s Memorial Lecture “After ...

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Nobel Laureate Festival to launch, Wednesday

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Nobel Laureate Festival Committee (NLFC) will, this week, host the official launch of the 27th anniversary of activities honouring Saint Lucia’s two Nobel Laureates—Sir Arthur Lewis, and Sir Derek Walcott. Saint Lucia began officially celebrating the achievements of its two illustrious sons in January 1993, shortly after the award of the Nobel Prize to its second ...

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St. Lucian community in London gather for National Day

(SNO) — Members of the St. Lucian diaspora in the United Kingdom (UK) marked the start of the country’s National Day celebrations with the annual special flag-raising ceremony held in Newham, London, on Friday, December 13. A sizeable crowd from all over the UK gathered at the Newham Town Hall in London’s east-end before midday to celebrate and mark the ...

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Valuing our heritage: Through the eyes of communities

(PRESS RELEASE) – What do you get when six research teams elicit views on the value of Saint Lucia’s heritage from residents in six communities across the island? The answers will be revealed at an exhibition on Wednesday, December 4th at the Constitution Park, Castries and Friday, December 6th at the Laborie Credit Union front yard, Vieux Fort. The exhibition ...

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Saint Lucia government to grow new ‘orange economy’

(GIS) — The government of Saint Lucia has placed culture and creative industries as one of the top ten priorities for development. The new term being used to define culture and creative industries is the orange economy. Minister responsible for Culture and Creative Industries, Senator Fortuna Belrose, believes that the creative industry can be maximized for economic growth, and is ...

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Folk Research Centre gets assistance

(GIS) — In celebration of Creole Heritage Month, the Monsignor Partick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) held a koudmen at Mount Pleasant. The Folk Research Centre was established in 1973 as a repository for cultural heritage, as well as research and study of Saint Lucia’s rich heritage, and housed an extensive library of publications, audiovisual recordings and photographs. The FRC’s ...

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Prize-giving ceremony for Kwéyòl Poetry Competition on today

(PRESS RELEASE) — As part of Saint Lucia’s observance of International Mother Language Day (Feb. 21) and World Poetry Day (March 21), the Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO organised the 2019 Kwéyòl Poetry Writing Competition”. The competition—which coincided with the celebration of Saint Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary (Feb. 22)—was held under the theme: “Nou tout abò: voyaj nou, desitnasyon ...

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Saint Lucia participates in Taiwan National Day celebrations

(GIS) — Saint Lucia will be featured, tonight, during the 108th National Day celebrations of the Republic of China (Taiwan). In observance of Taiwan’s double-ten day, a 14-member contingent—including Prime Minister Allen Chastanet—visited the Republic of China (Taiwan), to participate in the festivities. During the National Day parade, Saint Lucian students studying in Taiwan will portray Saint Lucia’s customs and ...

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PM Chastanet leads Saint Lucian delegation in Taiwan 108th National Day celebrations

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Republic of China (Taiwan) is set to celebrate the country’s 108th National Day on Thursday, October 10, 2019. As part of the celebrations a Saint Lucian contingent has travelled to the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in the Taichung Jazz Festival, the Taichung Instruments Festival and the Taiwan National Day parade. The Department of Culture ...

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Felix: “We will have Jounen Kweyol, Choiseul style”

Just two weeks before the start of Creole Heritage Month, the community of Choiseul was removed as the host venue for Jounen Kwéyòl events, citing budgetary constraints by the organisers. Even Parliamentary Representative for Choiseul/Saltibus, Bradley Felix, was taken by surprise. He said on Facebook late last month that “news of the cancellation of Choiseul as a venue for Creole ...

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Saint Lucian delegation participates in Taiwan festivals

(GIS) — A Saint Lucian contingent will be visiting the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in the Taichung Jazz Festival and the Taichung Instruments Festival. Supported by the Office of Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to Taiwan, 14 persons—Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, five members of the band, and technical personnel—will be attending the celebrations. The festival will also feature a parade consisting ...

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Creole Heritage Month activities officially underway

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, revealed the official calendar of activities for Creole Heritage Month celebrations 2019, under the theme ‘Dékouvè Sent Lisi, Dékouvè Kò’w’ (Discover Saint Lucia, Discover Yourself). This call to action encourages Saint Lucians to embark on a journey of self-discovery through cultural immersion, while also ...

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‘Archives on Parade’ exhibition in May 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Archives Authority of St. Lucia will mount its annual ‘Archives on Parade’ exhibition at the Constitution Park, Castries on Thursday, May 9, 2019. ‘Archives On Parade’ will replicate the current exhibition at the Main Hall of the Archives headquarters at Vigie which was a special presentation celebrating St. Lucia’s journey to political independence. The theme ...

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National Arts Festival-ARTreach 2019 and inaugural Francis ‘Leebo’ De Lima Awards launched

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Thursday, April 11, at a fitting and well organized ceremony in the exquisitely-decorated ambiance of the CDF conference room, the Cultural Development Foundation launched the National Arts Festival — ARTREACH programme for 2019. Senior Officer of Events and Production, Tyrone Harris, in his salutation address, stressed that “Artreach endeavours to collect data, assess and instruct the ...

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Territorial Collectivity of Martinique celebrates Fourth Centenary of the arrival of “Carpentras Anonymous” (April 1619 – April 2019)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Until this year 2019, we did not know his name, hence the term “The Anonymous”. This character has left a story of his trip to the Caribbean Sea, a manuscript found in the library of the diocese of Carpentras, in the south of France, hence the name “Carpentras”. This manuscript is valuable because it is the first ...

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Saint Lucian Writers and Writing book launched

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Tuesday evening, February 26, new bookstore 758 Saint Lucia Books, Café Littéraire, at the Gablewoods Mall, Sunny Acres was the venue for a well-attended and successful book launch of Saint Lucian Writers and Writing: an author index of published Saint Lucian books, compiled and edited by Saint Lucian author and librarian John Robert Lee. Billed as ...

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Saint Lucia moves to standardize national flag

(SNO) — The government of Saint Lucia is making moves towards standardizing the true colors, shape and size of the island’s national flag. Head of the island’s Independence40 Committee, Tony Nicholas, said the external affairs ministry has been discussing the true colors of the island’s flag. He said a document is now being put together with the intent of taking ...

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Saint Lucians called upon to be “all in” for Independence activities

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia is now in full Independence mode as the fluttering of flags and buntings and beautifully-decorated schools and business places reflect a sense of national pride and joy. In preparation for a year-long celebration of the 40th Independence anniversary, a full calendar of activities was launched on December 12, 2018 as well as the theme: “All ...

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Saltibus personalities memorialized in mural

(SNO) — A mural is being created in Saltibus to honour the memories of residents who have contributed to the community. This was revealed by Bradley Felix, parliamentary representative for Choiseul/Saltibus, in a recent social media post. Felix wrote: “By remembering the people who have contributed to the community of Saltibus. Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us ...

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Restoring Hope: Happy 40th Independence (poem by Titoa Savery)

Mama Helen holds her head and bawls, unable to comprehend why is it that after 40 years of gaining independence, her children are left in tears, fighting for freedom, and trying desperately to not be plunged into a life of slavery forced upon them by a stepson who became the ruler. As she sits on 238 square miles, her glorious ...

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FRC–WACC cultural event in Saint Lucia features book launch

(PRESS RELEASE) — From February 25-27, the Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre in Saint Lucia will host a conference with the World Association of Christian Communicators (WACC Global). On Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m., as part of this conference, a cultural event will be held at 758 Books Café Littéraire, housed in the Gablewoods Mall. The event will ...

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Folk Research Centre receives valuable gifts

(PRESS RELEASE) — In recent days, the Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre at Barnard Hill, has received a number of valuable gifts from leading artists. Mr. Cedric George has donated two of his paintings and a photograph of Dame Sesenne Descartes to the institution which suffered total loss of its library collection and artifacts in a fire last March ...

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St. Lucian Overseas Association calls for “less talk, more action” as country celebrates independence

(SNO) — As the island prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary of independence, President of the Union of St. Lucian Overseas Associations, Ross Cadasse, is calling for less talk and more action. In an independence message to the nation, he stated that as Saint Lucia faces a series of societal challenges, unity is essential to solve them. “I believe firmly in ...

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ECSL presents best of Saint Lucia for Independence 40

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at an Independence 40 press briefing held at the studio of the Government Information Service (GIS), Hewanorra House Point Seraphine, Marketing and Sponsorship Officer of Events Company of St. Lucia Inc. (ECSL) Miss Leila Williams addressed the gathering which comprised officials of the Independence 40 Planning Committee, organizations and individuals participating in activities ...

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Government, OAS undertake “Sustainable Heritage Tourism Endorsement Programme” for Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Organization of the American States (OAS) and the Government of Saint Lucia, through the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), has embarked on a project – Developing a Sustainable Heritage Tourism Endorsement Programme – geared at enhancing the socio-economic potential of cultural heritage in the Caribbean. One of the outputs of the programme is to establish a sustainable ...

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Calvary Baptist Church in Gros Islet celebrates 50th anniversary

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Calvary Baptist Church at Massade, Gros Islet celebrates its 50th anniversary with a number of events that begin on Friday, February 8. The theme chosen for this milestone is “Keeping the Faith”. The guest speaker for the anniversary services is Dr. Glendon Thompson. Dr. Thompson serves as senior pastor of Jarvis Street Baptist Church, Toronto, Canada, ...

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U.S Professor Claire Robertson donates books to FRC Library

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Tuesday, January 22, Professor Claire C. Robertson of the Ohio State University presented a number of books to the Msgr Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre Library. A frequent visitor to Saint Lucia and someone who has done research into the oral history of Saint Lucians, Professor Robertson was in Saint Lucia last year to present a ...

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FRC elects new board of directors

(SNO) — The Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) has elected a new board of directors, according to a press release. The election was held at the organization’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 19 at its new rented headquarters in the Valmont building at Barnard Hill, Castries. The meeting, which began at 10:15, was attended by more than ...

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Independence40 activities underway

(PRESS RELEASE) — Activities for the celebration of Saint Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary are well underway. And while February 22, 2019 will mark the date 40 years ago when Saint Lucia gained political independence from Great Britain in 1979, the island was launched into a year-long celebration since last December. On December 12, 2018, the official logo and calendar of ...

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2019 Nobel Laureate Festival kicks off

(PRESS RELEASE) — The annual Nobel Laureate Festival has been launched, unveiling the 2019 theme: “Celebrating Excellence: Forty Years On”. The Festival takes place in various venues around Saint Lucia, starting with a church service and breakfast at the Abbey of Our Lady of the Assumption Mount of Prayer, Coubaril, Castries on Sunday, January 13. Nobel Laureate Festival Committee Chair ...

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Saint Lucia 40th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Launched at the Festival of Lights

(PRESS RELEASE) — Under the festive lights at the Sir Derek Walcott Square, the Chair of the Independence Committee and President of the Senate, the Honourable Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre officially launched the Saint Lucian 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations with a launch song and year long calendar of events. The anniversary will be marked under the theme: ALL IN Our Journey ...

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SLNT says renewed focus on Saint Lucia’s ‘built heritage’ needed

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is saddened by the destruction of the colonial-era historic ‘Glasgow’ townhouse and other nearby properties, which were burnt by fire during the early morning of Tuesday 30th October, 2018. The Glasgow House was located at the north-eastern corner of the junctions of Mary-Ann and Broglie Streets, in Castries. It was one ...

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Jounen Kweyol 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) – Creole heritage month culminates with Creole Day, which is perhaps the most widely celebrated event on island after St. Lucia carnival and the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. This year the festival was celebrated in the towns Soufriere and Vieux-Fort who portrayed a stellar showcase of Creole Art and Culture. Minister for Culture and Local Government ...

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Pep LUCELEC pwan an dwive kweyol

(PRESS RELEASE) – The second annual Dwivé Kwéyòl was held on Saturday, October 20. The activity for team members of the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) was organized by the LUCELEC Club. Dwivé Kwéyòl is unique in that it pulls staff from across the company into a relaxed celebration of Saint Lucian food, games, music and Kwéyòl vibes. It ...

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A light-time celebration

(PRESS RELEASE) – December is nearly here, which means the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and partner agencies are well into preparations for the festivals which form part of the annual end of year celebrations. The December Festivals are a series of three traditional and historical festivals which bring Saint Lucians together in the spirit of community through the showcasing of ...

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“The so-called ‘modernization’ should not erode away our rich cultural heritage” – Rev. Seth Ampadu

(PRESS RELEASE) – The culture of a people is what identifies them distinctively from other human societies in the family of humanity. This celebration should be able to unite us irrespective of our political or religious affiliation, let us know that we are one people with a common destiny. As people, we must be proud of who we are. Cultural ...

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MOST holds schools Creole Festival

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government in collaboration with the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and the Folk Research Centre (FRC) held the 2018 School Creole Festival on Wednesday October 17t at the St. Joseph the Worker Church Gros- Islet. Acting Prime Minister and parliamentary representative for Gros-Islet Hon. Lenard ...

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Marigot Bay Resort and Marina to host “Kweyol en Mygo” celebrations

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Marigot Bay Resort and Marina sets the stage for the culmination of Creole Heritage Month with its “Kweyol En Mygot” celebrations slated of Saturday October 27th 2018 at the Marina Village, Marigot Bay from 7am – 7pm. With a cornucopia of traditional authentic dishes served throughout the day, invigorating creole music, live entertainment, local crafts and ...

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Gwan Sèyans Magwit

(PRESS RELEASE) – In Saint Lucia the month of October is designated as creole heritage month. This Year the Jounen Kweyol Festival will be celebrated on Sunday October 28th 2018. Leading up to that spectacular day the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), the Folk Research Centre (FRC) and the Mayor’s Office hosted a Gwan ...

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MOST honors St Lucian icons

(PRESS RELEASE) – As part of the Saint Lucia’s Soleil Festival and Creole Heritage Month celebrations, the Ministry of Culture in Collaboration with the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and the Folk Research Centre (FRC) hosted creole activities to honour a musical legend from the Belle Vue community who has made inspiring contributions towards Saint Lucia’s musical cultural heritage. His name ...

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Win a recording contract with MBC-REAL FM’s Kwéyòl Freestyle Genius Contest

(PRESS RELEASE) – In keeping with the Arts and Creole Heritage month activities, MBC Real FM is hosting a ‘Kwéyòl Freestyle Genius’ Contest. We’re searching for the ultimate ‘Kweyol’ freestyle geniuses . If you can sing or rap using Kwéyòl then this one is for you! Kwéyòl FREESTYLE GENIUS. Submit a 30 second video showing us your skills to rap ...

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Fèt Magwit ka apwoché

(PRESS RELEASE) – The grand celebration of Saint Lucia’s La Magwit Festival takes place as is customary on October 17th, 2018. The Festival forms part of activities for Arts and Heritage Month and is being presented by the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) in collaboration with the Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC), Events Company of Saint Lucia (ECSL) and ...

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Silver Shadow Dancers in cultural exchange in SVG

(PRESS RELEASE) – Silver Shadow Performing Arts Academy, through a Cultltural Exchange invitation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, will be special guest performers at the Grand Finals of the 13th Biannual KCCU National Dance Festival from October 4 – 7, 2018. The young and talented group of dancers are ...

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Che Campeche to perform in Houston, Texas

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Kweyol (creole) speaking community of Houston will be in for a fantastic feat comes October 2018. This Diaspora will get a long awaited opportunity to experience the riotous and infectious sting of the outrageously funny, Coakes and his Che Campeche Comedy crew from Saint Lucia, on October 14, 2018. Attendees will be entertained in a most ...

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Strings, songs and dance – Celebrating Rameau

(PRESS RELEASE) – The culturally rich community of Belle Vue is actively preparing for the 2018 Cultural Icon Series celebration on October 1st. The contribution of folk musician, Joseph “Rameau” Poleon will be highlighted in what is billed as a masterful display of music and dance. Into its fourth year, the Cultural Icon Series aims to cultivate national pride and ...

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Launch of Creole Heritage Month/Jounen Kwéyòl

(PRESS RELEASE) – The 2018 Arts and Creole Heritage Month of Activities will be launched on Sunday September 30th during a craft Festival at La Fargue, Choiseul. The day begins with church service at 10:00am which will be conducted in Kwéyòl at the Choiseul Catholic Church. The craft festival which begins at 11:00am will feature Crafters from around the Choiseul ...

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Public education campaign for Cultural Icon Series

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) continues to seek creative ways of ensuring that Saint Lucian Arts and Culture remains relevant in a dynamic and evolving environment. The organisation has engaged a group of budding arts and cultural enthusiasts in what is a proposed “Cultural Crew”. As the Foundation prepares to host the fourth edition of The Cultural ...

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The Big Wood Man goes to Dennery

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The provocative and entertaining theatre production, The Big Wood Man, takes to the stage on Saturday, September 29th 8:00 pm at Chateau Heritage in Dennery. The one-man stage show uses a mix of traditional storytelling, stand-up comedy technique, video clips and standard theatre to entertain and pose questions about men: What really makes a man ...

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A&H to host Petroglyph Tour this Sunday

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucians of all walks of life will get a unique opportunity to discover some exciting facets of their diverse archeological legacy when the Saint Lucia Archeological and Historical Society (A&H) host a Petroglyph tour. Scheduled for Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 the fun-filled excursion will take attendees to the cultural and historically affluent areas of Malgretoute, Stonefield, ...

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High Court grants injunction against demolition of historic Castries prison

(PRESS RELEASE) — On 9th September 2018, the Saint Lucia National Trust successfully petitioned the High Court to issue an Order to stop the demolition of the buildings and associated burial ground known as the Castries Prison, formerly the Royal Gaol, until further consideration of its application. The Order instructs the contractor, Cyril Dornelly, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy ...

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Saint Lucia National Trust’s open letter to DCA regarding demolition works at the Castries prison

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – AN OPEN LETTER TO: Development Control Authority Graeham Louisy Administrative Building The Waterfront Castries It was brought to the attention of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) that plans are being advanced to demolish the Castries Prison, formerly the Royal Gaol. Upon investigation, we discovered that demolition works have commenced on the periphery of the ...

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MOST celebrates the La Rose Festival at Mon Repos (+photos)

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) — The feast of La Rose is one of two rival floral festivals of St. Lucia. On Wednesday the celebration commenced with a church service at the Mon Repos Catholic Church and was followed by a match to the Mon Repos Primary School. Minister for Culture Sen. Hon. Fortuna Belrose commended the various groups for keeping ...

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Viv Lawòz mamay wòz!

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Members of the Rose Flower fraternity are anxiously awaiting their grand feast day on August 30th when they will pledge their devotion to and boast of the beauty and splendour of the Rose. Groups from around the island have been conducting the traditional fundraising activity; the séyans, in their respective communities, all in anticipation of ...

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Government of Saint Lucia endorses and sponsors Dennery Segment US promotional tour

(SNO) – On the morning of Monday, August 13, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Department of Culture held a press conference to announce the Government of Saint Lucia’s endorsement and support for the Dennery Segment August 30-October 10 promotional  tour of the United States of America. The six-State promotional tour to the United States coincides with the ...

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Video: Moses Jn. Baptiste to host emancipation celebrations in his Vieux Fort North constituency

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Vieux Fort North Parliamentary Representative Hon Moses Jn. Baptiste, will once again, host the annual emancipation celebration in the Vieux Fort North constituency this evening 31st July from 7pm at the Grace Combined School. This year’s event will be in two parts, first Mr. Edward Bellas of Belle Vue, will lead a discussion on the ...

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Emancipation Day message from Chair, CARICOM Reparations Committee

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – We join annually with communities across the world in marking the moment in which the crime of chattel enslavement was confronted and uprooted from our existential realities. For us, the moment is August 1st; other dates are determined elsewhere and officially recognized. Marking the moment in a celebratory fashion remains necessary despite the despicable nature ...

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