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PRESS RELEASE: Flow gifts Carnival Queen contestants

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The eight beauties vying for the 2017 National Carnival Queen title are the proud recipients of cutting-edge mobile handsets, courtesy of the island’s number one network, Flow. On Tuesday, the company presented each of the delegates with a Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime smartphone. Terry Finisterre, Flow Saint Lucia Acting Marketing & Communications Manager, made the presentation during the Unveiling and ...

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Sulphur Springs King Louis hot spring bath pools to be restored

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PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) is seeking to expand and diversify visitor experience at the Sulphur Springs Park. The SRDF, recognizing the superlative value that the tourist attraction presents, have strategically maximized every opportunity to highlight the natural wonder. The restoration of the King Louis baths at the site has become the organization’s latest key project. The ...

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St. Lucia Jazz 2017 sounds-off with homegrown talent

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PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia Jazz 2017 sounded-off on a high note at the Royalton St. Lucia Resort and Spa on the evening of Thursday May 11. An expectant audience of locals, visitors and event organizers gathered at the Royalton’s brand spanking new Convention Centre for the Jazz Showcase featuring Boo Hinkson and the Young Stars. The two-hour set which ...

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Collected Poems of John Robert Lee to be launched

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PRESS RELEASE – Peepal Tree Press (UK), the Cultural Development Foundation and Mahanaim Publishing will host the launch of John Robert Lee’s Collected Poems 1975-2015. This takes place at the CDF Conference Room on Wednesday May 24th at 7.30 pm. In 2008, Peepal Tree had published Lee’s “elemental: new and selected poems.” Peepal is the leading publisher of Caribbean literature. ...

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Wi-Fi available at Soleil events

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GIS – The Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival begins in May, with Saint Lucia Jazz held on May 11 – 14. In June, a Roots and Soul Festival dedicated to new trends in reggae, afropunk and rhythm and blues music, will be followed by Saint Lucia Carnival in July. The Saint Lucia Food and Rum Festival will be held in ...

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St. Lucia shines at Cultural Festival in Taiwan

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PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia students currently studying in Taiwan represented St Lucia at the First Caribbean and Latin America Cultural Festival which was held in Taipei on Saturday evening May 5th 2017. The events which was organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan and the Embassies of Diplomatic Ally Countries of Taiwan from Caribbean and Latin America, featured ...

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Charles Cadet launches poetry collection

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PRESS RELEASE – The Honorable Charles Cadet has published his first collection of poems titled “At the rusting gate and other poems.” Mr. Cadet is well known as the composer of many popular St. Lucian songs including Poinsettia Blossoms, Banjo Man, Chanson Marianne and others. The composer collaborated for many years with Roderick Walcott in the production of his musical ...

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SLNT members pledge their continued support after withdrawal of Government subvention

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PRESS RELEASE – Members and non-members of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) turned out in large numbers for an Emergency Membership Meeting at the Pigeon Island National Landmark on Saturday, April 29th. The meeting was convened following news that the Government has proposed the zeroing of its EC$700,000.00 subvention in the 2017/2018 budget allocation. Members were irate at government’s ...

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Curtains close on National Arts Festival 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – What a weekend this past one was, as the final curtain call was taken at the National Cultural Centre, bringing an end to the 2017 installation of the National Arts Festival (NAF).   From its inception, the festival has aimed to sustain the invaluable work which the arts plays in the development of Saint Lucia.  The annual ...

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Secretariat of the Indigenous People of St. Lucia offers support for plan of actions

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PRESS RELEASE – Secretariat of the Indigenous People (Bethechilokono) of Saint Lucia offers expert support to the State of Saint Lucia in the formulation and implementation of Plans of Action for the United Nations and the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. THE ALDET CENTRE-SAINT LUCIA, Secretariat of the Indigenous People (Bethechilokono) of Saint Lucia Governing Council (BGC) ...

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Micoud festival to kick off National Arts Festival activities

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PRESS RELEASE – Activities for the 2017 National Arts Festival commence this weekend with the Community Festival in Micoud from Friday April 21st – Sunday 23rd. The 3-day event will encourage participation from communities in Micoud showcasing their creativity in all areas of the arts – visual, fine, literary and performance. On Friday, April 28th, Poetry Night Live features Saint ...

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‘Essoubyen?’ is Games Day at Alliance Francaise

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PRESS RELEASE – The Alliance Francaise is pleased to collaborate with the Folk Research Center on one Saturday of every month with the theme ‘Essoubyen?’ which is known as the Saturday of Kwéyòl. This Saturday, April 22, will see the day filled with fun as it is entitled a ‘Games Day’. This takes place at The Pyramid, Pointe Seraphine in Castries ...

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A Night of Poetry – Tribute to Sir Derek Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucian Students studying in London as part of a BPP University Scholarship Program, which was jointly organised two years ago together with the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (Saint Lucia), last night (5 April) held a tribute to the memory of the late Sir Derek Walcott. A Night of Poetry staged by the BPP Saint Lucian ...

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St. Lucia National Trust “Empowering youths to become better heritage stewards”

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) annual Youth for Conservation Retreat is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Caribbean Cinemas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day’s highlight is the viewing of the informative and thought provoking documentary,   Who Are You? a film that delves into every aspect of Saint Lucia’s heritage, ...

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Caribbean Writers Congress to pay tribute to Sir Derek Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, will be remembered during the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress taking place in Guadeloupe from April 5 – 8 and organised by the Guadeloupe Regional Collectivity in partnership with the Association of Caribbean Writers (AEC – Association des Ecrivains de la Caraïbe). Since 2008, this event has been bringing together ...

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Students from SALCC participate in the Jean Baptiste Bideau Chair

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PRESS RELEASE – The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Saint Lucia in collaboration with Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) organized a forum on the life of Jean Baptiste Bideau for the benefits of the students at the college. The activity is one of many planned to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the death Bideau. This Saint ...

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Sir Derek Walcott to be memorialized in New York City

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PRESS RELEASE – The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York and the Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations will hold a memorial in honor of world-renowned Saint Lucian poet, playwright, and 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature Sir Derek Alton Walcott on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 3:00 PM. This tribute to one of Saint Lucia’s ...

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Laureate’s Chair featuring Gandolph St. Clair

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PRESS RELEASE – The Laureate’s Chair is a programme established by the Saint Lucia Writers Forum to celebrate the excellent contribution of Hon Sir Derek Walcott to the field of Literature. The event which was inititated in June of 2015 continues even after his death. One of writers who had a close relationship with the Nobel Laureate, Mr Gandolph St ...

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Argentina mourns the passing of Sir Derek Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – The Embassy of the Argentine Republic is deeply saddened by the death of Sir Derek Walcott who was in many ways described by the Press in the Argentine Republic, including but not limited to: The Los Andes Newspaper “Sir Walcott was the poet who truly described Caribbean sensuality.” The Nación Newspaper “Regardless of multicultural considerations, Walcott was ...

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National Arts Festival 2017 launched

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PRESS RELEASE – The 2017 National Arts Festival (NAF) was launched today Thursday March 23rd, at the Conference Room of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF).   The NAF provides an avenue for the showcasing of Saint Lucian art and culture on a national level, promoting the creative arts as an integral part of the economic and social fabric of Saint ...

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Book of Condolence opens in New York City for Sir Derek Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – On Monday, March 20, 2017, a book of condolence was opened to the public at the offices of the Consulate General of Saint Lucia and the Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations in New York, for those wishing to share their thoughts and remembrances about world-renowned Saint Lucian poet, playwright, and 1992 Nobel Laureate in ...

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Embassy of Taiwan sends condolences on passing of Derek Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) learnt with deepest sorrow about the passing away, on March 17 2017, of Sir Derek Walcott, the Saint Lucian born Nobel Laureate. Sir Derek was an internationally-acclaimed poet and writer, whose epic literary works enabled the world to appreciate and embrace the rich culture of the Caribbean. We are ...

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown statement on passing of Sir Derek Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, would like to express its deepest condolences on the passing of Sir Derek Walcott. This eloquent son of St. Lucia was the 1992 Nobel Prize winner in literature, a lifelong teacher of the power of words, and an inspiration to future generations. He made St. Lucia ...

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Walcott condolence from FRC

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PRESS RELEASE – The Board, staff and members of the Folk Research Centre extend their condolences to the family and friends of the late Honorable Sir Derek Walcott who passed away on Friday March 17th. Sir Derek was a frequent visitor to the FRC, and attended many of our programmes. The FRC recognizes the great achievements of Sir Derek in ...

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Mayor of Castries pays tribute to Sir Derek Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – It is with deep sadness that the Office of the Mayor has learnt of the passing of Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott. The Office of the Mayor and Castries Constituency Council join with the people of Saint Lucia, the region and the world in mourning the death of this great man of wisdom, who contributed immensely to ...

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SLP tribute to Hon. Sir Derek A. Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – Our country awoke this morning to the sad news that a Saint Lucian genius, an icon of the world had passed. It is impossible for anyone to be able to express in words the life of this Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate only his own mastery of the English language could aptly describe his life work and achievements. ...

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National Arts Festival background

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PRESS RELEASE – The annual National Arts Festival (NAF) was re-established as a major activity on the national cultural calendar in December 2009. The aim was to continue and sustain the invaluable and systematic developmental work in the arts in St. Lucia that was achieved during the years of the M&C Fine Arts Awards Scheme initiated in 1979 by Minvielle ...

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International Women’s Day panel discussion

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PRESS RELEASE – The Folk Research Centre is commemorating International Women’s Day with a Panel discussion on the topic “I am woman: The Challenges of Women in Today’s Social and Cultural Setting”. The Panel Discussion is slated for Saturday March 18th at 3:00pm at FRC’s headquarters at Mount Pleasant. The event will be hosted by the Harold Simmons Folk Academy, ...

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National Flag Day celebration

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PRESS RELEASE – On 1st March 1967, the island of Saint Lucia gained Associated Statehood with Great Britain.   It was on this day that the Island’s flag designed by Sir Dunstan St. Omer was hoisted for the first time. The National Anthem, “Sons and Daughters of Saint Lucia”, words written by Father Charles Jesse and music composed by Sir Leton Thomas ...

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Independence Awards 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – On the occasion of Independence Day 2017, Her Excellency the Governor General, as Chancellor of the National Societies of Honour, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 25 of the National Honours and Awards Act, has been pleased to make the following appointments.   The Saint Lucia Cross (SLC) Arsene Vigil James (for distinguished and outstanding ...

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Sweet St. Lucia” released for 38th Independence

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PRESS RELEASE – True Vine Records is pleased to release, an aspiring new artiste and a new single as St lucia’s Independence anthem. Stephanie Charlemagne, the voice of sensual overtones and utter sweet sounds, harmonizes with the voices of Genota Neptune singer and steel pan player, to boast in the magnificence of our gem island, ‘Saint Lucia’. There is no greater ...

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Ricky T releases Independence present to St. Lucia

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PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T has released an Independence 38 tribute to his homeland called “Sweet St Lucia”. This is the first song Ricky T has recorded about Saint Lucia. On its own, this makes the song a standout in a career that spans decades and has been full of accolades. Perhaps influenced by his long absences from ...

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St. Lucia readies for National Colours Day, Youth Exposé and Best of Saint Lucia

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PRESS RELEASE – Minister with responsibility for Culture and Local Government Senator Fortuna Belrose has called on all Saint Lucians to continue to embrace activities for Saint Lucia’s 38th Anniversary of Independence which culminates on Wednesday February 22nd 2017. On Sunday February 19th, the Government of Saint Lucia hosted a successful “Prayer, Praise and Worship” session at the Daren Sammy ...

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Activities for St. Lucia 38th Independence

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PRESS RELEASE – Darren Sammy Cricket Ground 8:30am Military Parade 11:30am National Independence Rally SPEKTAK STE LISI 10:00am – 10:00pm Food Fair Seafood Fiesta and Meat Fest Grand Exhibition Secret Band Dance Troupes Grand Display and stunts by My Motor X Riders from St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Barbados Comedy EvaLucian Band- with Arthur Michael Robinson Olivia Abraham Ricky T ...

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Independence 38 Ecumenical Service in New York set for February

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PRESS RELEASE – To celebrate the thirty-eighth anniversary of Saint Lucia’s independence, the Consulate General of Saint Lucia, in collaboration with the Saint Lucia House Foundation, invites all Saint Lucians and friends of Saint Lucia to an Independence 38 Ecumenical Service, to be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017, 1:30 PM. The service will take place at the Holy Cross ...

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Nobel Laureate Festival 2017 – Walcott House

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Trust hosted a week of activities in celebration of the Nobel Laureate Festival. Although the festival was centered on Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott, at Walcott House the emphasis was on the Honourable Sir Derek Walcott and his brother Roderick Walcott. The activities which ran from January 24th – 27th began ...

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Government rolls out extensive calendar of activities for 38th Independence Anniversary

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PRESS RELEASE – The programme of activities marking the Celebration of Saint Lucia’s 38th Independence Anniversary covers the length and breadth of the country, catering to families, communities and local organisations.  At the Monday February 6th launch of the activities and the unveiling of the logo and theme, Minister in the Ministry for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Housing, ...

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Independence 38 activities continue in New York

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PRESS RELEASE – The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York is pleased to announce that last weekend’s Gospel Festival celebrating Saint Lucia’s thirty-eighth anniversary of independence was a resounding success. The event, which was attended by scores of our fellow citizens, featured a number of Saint Lucian gospel entertainers, church groups, praise dancers, and cultural organizations. The consulate ...

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Alliance Francaise event on the Nobel Laureate Festival calendar

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PRESS RELEASE – The Alliance Française is pleased to be part of the Nobel Laureate Festival of 2017 which is a celebration of Saint Lucia’s two Nobel Laureates, Sir Dereck Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis. The Festival, which is organized by the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee under the Chairmanship of the Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy, will take place from ...

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Walcott House takes center stage during Nobel Laureate Festival 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – In observance of the Nobel Laureate Festival 2017, the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is hosting a week of activities to promote greater understanding of our culture while encouraging conversations that help us learn about our heritage. This activity is being held under the umbrella of the Nobel Laureate Festival celebrations.  The activities will be held under ...

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Blue, yellow, black and white, Dashers unite!

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  PRESS RELEASE – As we come closer to the end of January and move into a month long celebration of our island home, many Saint Lucians are gearing up to showcase their national pride, celebrating 38 years of Independence. The national colours, blue, yellow, black and white will be on display through the many flags, t-shirts, bandanas, shoes, and ...

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Laborie kicks off 2017 with two major cultural events

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PRESS RELEASE – The Laborie Steel Pan made history in 2016 when it became Panorama Champion. The Laborie Pan Project – the steel band’s parent programme at Labowi Promotions – is making history again by hosting the first edition of a major international workshop in Laborie. Since 4 January, musicians from the USA, France and Sweden have gathered in this ...

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Nobel Laureate Festival celebrates fostering national pride

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PRESS RELEASE – The Nobel Laureate Festival Committee (NLFC) launched Nobel Laureate Festival 2017 to the national media at Government House on January 10, introducing this year’s theme: “Celebrating Excellence: Fostering National Pride”. Speaking on this year’s theme, the Chair of the Committee, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, explained: ‘Fostering national pride is not a pipe dream or a balm ...

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St. Lucia oral history at FRC

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PRESS RELEASE – The Folk Research Centre, in association with the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee will present Dr. Paul Breslin, a Walcott scholar, who will speak on the St. Lucia Oral History : Dunstan St. Omer on Wednesday January 18th at 7.30 pm at the FRC Headquarters, Mount Pleasant. Professor Emeritus Paul Breslin (who delivered the Derek Walcott lecture in 2003) ...

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Assou Square celebrations could be extended to third day

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The highly-anticipated New Year’s celebration, Assou Square, could become a three-day event if the government and private sector agree to the idea being pitched by the Castries City Council (CCC). The celebration which attracts hundreds of Saint Lucians from all across the island, has been hosted for two days since it’s return to the Derek Walcott Square in 2014. CCC Communication Manager ...

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Preserving and managing St. Lucia’s archaeological and historical assets for future generations

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PRESS RELEASE – All Members and the Public are invited to attend a lecture organized by the Saint Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society (SLAHS). The lecture will be delivered and discussion facilitated by Winston Phulgence, lecturer in History at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Topic:  “Preserving and Managing St. Lucia’s Archaeological and Historical Assets for Future Generations – The Role ...

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FRC to review Creole Heritage Month and Jounen Kweyol

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PRESS RELEASE – The Folk Research Centre will be holding a review of Creole Heritage Month and Jounen Kwéyòl 2016 on SATURDAY DECEMBER 10TH AT 10 AM AT ITS HEADQUARTERS, MOUNT PLEASANT. Jounen Kwéyòl 2016 was held in the communities of Jacmel, Belle Vue, Choiseul and Gros Islet. Each community highlighted some aspect of St. Lucian culture for which they ...

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It’s time to celebrate light!

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PRESS RELEASE – The month of December is here which means that the Cultural Development Foundation is making final 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 artistic creativity, with ...

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Alliance Francaise hosting theatre from French Guiana

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PRESS RELEASE – Alliance Francaise of Saint Lucia with its Director Evelyne Gasse, is fulfilling its mandate of cultural exchange between the English speaking countries and the French Territories of the region, by hosting the play ‘A Petites Pierres’ (translation ‘With Small Stones’). This is a play written by Gustave Akakpo. It has been written in the French language which ...

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In the Leaureate’s Chair – final for 2016

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Review by Jerry George Last night, Mrs. June KIng Frederick stated she accepted the invitation to be in the Laureates’ Chair with some reservation because, as far as she was concerned, she had only published “a little book on masquerade”. The Writer’s Forum persuaded her otherwise because, as they know, words have impact and her “little book” and the research ...

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Lady writer to close 2016 season of Laureates Chair

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PRESS RELEASE – November 22, 2016 marks the last in the 2016 series of the Laureates Chair. The Saint Lucia Writer’s Forum is proud to host a giant in the cultural landscape of Saint Lucia: Mrs. June King Frederick. A former dancer, June is an advocate for the preservation of Saint Lucian Culture through the empowerment of the next generation. ...

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Caribbean support for UWI Chancellor’s call on Obama to cleanse Garvey’s name

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PRESS RELEASE – The head of the Caribbean’s top university is getting support from the region for his call on the departing black American President to clean-up Marcus Garvey’s name before leaving The White House. Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, over the weekend called on US President Barack Obama “to grant a posthumous pardon” ...

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Celebrating Argentine culture and film

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PRESS RELEASE – LACFest 2016(The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Festival) started off on Monday 7th November 2016 with presentations from the Embassy of the Argentine Republic to Saint Lucia and the OECS. This initiative, spearheaded by the five Latin American Embassies in Saint Lucia; Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela in collaboration with the Government of Saint Lucia, now ...

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Trust Pioneers Lecture set for Tuesday

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PRESS RELEASE – Are our old buildings relevant to present generations? Is there any real benefit to keeping them? These and other topics will form the basis for discussion when the Saint Lucia National Trust stages its 3rd annual Trust Pioneers Lecture on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 5:45 p.m. at the Palm Haven Hotel Conference Room, Rodney Bay. Initially ...

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Fond Doux wins La Wenn Kweyol Pageant

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PRESS RELEASE – We are excited to announce that the contestant for Fond Doux Plantation & Resort “Ms. Luceleen Modest” captured the crown at the Choiseul “La Wenn Kweyol Pageant” last Sunday. Out of the seven women competing for the title, Ms. Modest was consistently impressive in all categories where she won “Best Creative Wear”, “Best Talent” and “Best Interview”. ...

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Shuttle service for Belle Vue Jounen Kweyol

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PRESS RELEASE – Shuttle starts from 11:00 am. Coming from and returning to the stadium in Vieux-Fort: The shuttle starts and ends at  the George Odlum Stadium Car Park (St. Jude Hospital). Route for the shuttle is as follows: You can enter Belle Vue from stadium car park through to Aupicou, Pierrot, Zabo, Morne Cayenne with a drop off in ...

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Prime Minister wishes nation an enjoyable and peaceful Jounen Kwéyól weekend

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PRESS RELEASE – After playing host to a successful Kwéyól Lunch at the Official Residence of the Prime Minister in Vigie on Wednesday, October 27, 2016, Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet is wishing all a safe Jounen Kweyol  weekend, which begins today  Friday, Vandwédi Kwéyól. “I am very pleased with the great sense of cultural expression and diversity which ...

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Saint Lucia hosts the 2nd Annual Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Festival

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PRESS RELEASE – Though language and distance separate, there’s no denying that the Caribbean region and Central and South American countries are historically bound by our colonial past and heritage. Recognizing the significance of this bond, recently the five Latin American Embassies—Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela—in a bold historic move united their efforts to strengthen ties between the Anglo-speaking ...

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