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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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Contributions invited for Nobel Laureate Festival 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – The Nobel Laureate Week Committee (NLWC) recognising the growth of Nobel Laureate Week that celebrates St Lucia’s Nobel Laureates, has formally  been renamed to the Nobel Laureate Festival 2017. The name change accommodates the number of celebrations that span throughout the month of January. The Committee has begun preparations for activities for 2017 and invites members of ...

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CDF invites individuals to participate in National Lantern Competition

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PRESS RELEASE – The Cultural Development Foundation will be conducting a number of lantern building workshops in the communities of Castries (CDF Office), Micoud (Micoud Secondary School and Laborie (The Papel Arts & Craft Centre). These workshops will be held every Saturday in November commencing from Saturday 5th – 26th from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Anyone interested in registering for the workshops can ...

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Gros Islet Secondary in the Kweyol spotlight

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PRESS RELEASE – As we celebrate our kweyol heritage month, most schools around the island have a range of activities planned. Today we took a look at Gros Islet Secondary School which have a different activity for each day of the week. Today Monday they started out with a special assembly, which included Jason C. Joseph also known as ‘The ...

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Traffic Plan for Jacmel Jounen Kwéyòl

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PRESS RELEASE – The Jacmel Jounen Kwéyòl Committee wishes to advise the general public of its traffic management plan for Jounen Kwéyòl on October 30, 2016. There will be a Park and Ride System in place at Total Construction Grounds on the Marigot Highway with a Shuttle Service to enter into Jacmel. There will also be shuttles from Castries to ...

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Grand Woulélaba Competition in Jacmel

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PRESS RELEASE – The Jacmel Jounen Kwéyòl Committee and Platinum Sponsor Piton Beer invite the public to a Grand Woulélaba Competition taking place in Jacmel on Sunday, October 23, 2016. The game which is a local version of cricket is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. on the Jacmel Playing Field and culminates with a creole street jam thereafter. Teams ...

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Belle Vue La Jeuness to host Kweyol Pageant

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PRESS RELEASE – The Belle Vue Jounen Kweyol Committee continues its celebration of Creole Heritage Month with the hosting of the Belle Vue La Jeuness Kweyol Pageant slated for this Saturday 22nd October, 2016 at the Belle Vue Combined School commencing at 7:00 pm.  Tickets cost $15.00, while entrance fee at the door is $20.00. Individuals are asked to contact ...

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Frank Norville honored during Creole Heritage Month

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PRESS RELEASE – The Folk Research Centre and the Alliance Francaise come together again to present an annual production of Kwéyòl music, dance, story telling, poetry and drama. The Alliance Francaise and the FRC have partnered on this programme from 2009. The event is scheduled for Wednesday 26th October at 7.30 pm at The Pyramid, Pointe Seraphine. The show is ...

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Saint Lucia Writers Forum to launch Kweyol anthology

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PRESS RELEASE – In celebration of Creole Heritage Month the Saint Lucia Writers Forum is undertaking the publication of a Kwéyól Anthology authored by Ashanti Prescott. Ashanti Prescott hails from the community of Barre St Joseph and is also the author of “238 Square Miles Submerged in Fascination”. He is a longtime member of the Forum for over 10 years. ...

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Reparations Lecture Series begins Tuesday

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PRESS RELEASE – A planned series of reparations lectures will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Reparations Lecture Series introduces students and teachers to the basic elements of the CARICOM quest for reparations from Britain and other European states for slavery and native genocide. It follows the August launching of a similar series jointly organized by the National Reparations Committee ...

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Reparations lecture series begins

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Secondary Schools Reparations Lecture Series gets under way on Tuesday in Castries, with schools in Soufriere and Vieux Fort also on the official schedule of the National Reparations Committee (NRC) – and others showing keen interest. The Reparations Lectures have been organized by the NRC ahead of the upcoming October 29th CARICOM Reparations Baton ...

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New board of directors appointed at CDF

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PRESS RELEASE – The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), through the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government, advises that as of October 1st, 2016, a new Board of Directors was appointed to serve for a period of three (3) years. Cabinet by conclusion number 207 of 2016 appointed the following persons to serve on ...

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Venue change for Gwan Séance

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PRESS RELEASE – We wish to inform that due to unfavourable conditions at the Dennery Beach front, owing to unstable weather conditions, the gwan séance scheduled for Friday 14th October, 2016 has had to be moved to the Dennery Multi-Purpose Centre at 8:00 p.m. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we anticipate that the ‘mock’ celebrations will be engaging, fun-filled and delightful for ...

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St. Lucia captures Madam Wob Creole Canada 2016 title

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PRESS RELEASE – Before a sold-out audience at the Latvian Cultural Centre in Toronto, St. Lucia’s Sharlene Jn Baptiste took top spot at Toronto’s Two Islands – One Culture: St  Lucia Meets Dominica, Madam Wob Creole Canada. The annual event hosted by the St. Lucia Toronto Association (SLTA) and the Commonwealth of Dominica, Ontario Association (CDOA) is Toronto’s premiere event which ...

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UWI professor to speak on ‘Kwéyòl in Education’

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PRESS RELEASE – The Kwéyòl Language Committee (KLC) of the Folk Research Centre (FRC) has invited Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Professor Emerita of UWI, to deliver an address in Kwéyol on the topic “ Kwéyòl dan Edikasyon” (Kwéyòl in Education). This forms part of the FRC’s programmes for Creole Heritage Month. The recorded address will be aired on NTN on Monday ...

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Change in programme of activities for Jacmel Jounen Kwéyòl

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PRESS RELEASE – The Jacmel Jounen Kwéyòl Committee wishes to inform the general public that due to circumstances beyond its control some changes have to be made to the calendar of activities. The Kwéyòl Night which features storytelling, comedy, games and Tanbou dancing which was slated for Saturday, October 08, 2016 on the Vanard Court has been postponed to Saturday, ...

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CDF dance auditions postponed

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PRESS RELEASE – The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) wishes to inform that the Dance Audition scheduled for tomorrow Friday, 7th October, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.   at the National Cultural Centre, has been postponed due to circumstances beyond the direct control of the CDF.   The facilitators from Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Ltd., who were scheduled to conduct the audition are currently ...

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UN Experts say US owes blacks reparations for slavery

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PRESS RELEASE – CARICOM’s call for Reparations from Britain and Europe for Slavery and Native genocide got a boost this week after a United Nations (UN) panel of experts United Nations experts said the United States should give African Americans reparations for slavery. In the heat of a US presidential election campaign in which racial rhetoric is growing louder, the ...

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Reparations Committee welcomes new CARICOM Youth Ambassador

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Reparations Committee (NRC) and the Saint Lucia National Preparatory Committee for the Jounen Kweyol CARICOM Reparations Baton Relay and Youth Rally have congratulated the island’s newest CARICOM Youth Ambassador and welcomed her role as Coordinator of the 2016 CARICOM Reparations Baton Relay planned for the end of October. Alisha Ally, a senior staffer ...

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Reparations lectures for secondary schools during Kweyol Heritage Month

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PRESS RELEASE – The National Reparations Committee (NRC) is undertaking a series of school-based lectures and discussions ahead of a planned youth rally and relay this month-end, as part of its mandate to take the Reparations message to the nation. A government-appointed committee to pursue Saint Lucia’s implementation of CARICOM’s quest for Reparations for Slavery and Native Genocide, the NRC ...

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