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Culture/History

PRESS RELEASE: Emancipation in 2017

Emancipation celebrations provide an opportunity to broaden the public understanding of the significance of all the parties involved in the slave trade and slavery as well as their roles in the process of slavery and “emancipation”. For many, historical and culturally related aspects of Saint Lucian tradition belong to a segmented portion of the society. Consequently, public participation in related ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Alliance Francaise presents Bastille Day

The Alliance Fancaise of Saint Lucia will be celebrating Bastille Day on July 14, 2017 by hosting and producing a Live Theatre Production titled ‘Bastille Day’. Bastille Day is celebrated in France on July 14 annually as the anniversary of the great French Revolution of 1789. The History of France, especially the period of the French Revolution in many instances, ...

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Castries 1948 fire’s anniversary observed

As the country this week observed the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Castries fire which destroyed 75 percent of the town and left thousands homeless, Saint Lucians are being asked to ensure that they absorb the lessons which came from the disaster. A special ceremony was held on Tuesday (June 20) to commemorate the anniversary. National Archivist Margot Thomas said ...

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PRESS RELEASE: “The Big Wood Man” is coming to San Soucis next month

The tradition of Ole Mas in Saint Lucia is one area that brings a unique identity to the Saint Lucia Carnival. A majority of both carnival lovers and carnival detractors all testify to be always looking forward with anticipation to the amazing communication creativity, wit, humour, and popular entertainment that the Ole Mas players bring into the carnival year after ...

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SEARCHING FOR RELATIVES IN SAINT LUCIA

My name is Neil Saunders and I am acting on behalf of Joseph Ernest who is the son of Anne and Harrison.   Looking for information about a family from Soufriere.   – Annie Ernest (1915-1949) also known as Annie Regis or Annie Gerson or Annie Germain.   – Worked at the Ruby Plantation in 1938.   – Married Harrison ...

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Gov’t will partly sponsor CARIFESTA contingent; minister challenges local organisers

The government of Saint Lucia has challenged organisers of the local contingent of artistes who will participate in the Caribbean Arts Festival (CARIFESTA) to change the manner in which they prepare for the event and request assistance. CARIFESTA XIII is a multi-disciplinary art festival held in various Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries every two years. It has been scheduled for August ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Flow gifts Carnival Queen contestants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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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