(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The cultural heritage of a nation resides in the elderly but when practiced by the youth culture becomes tradition therefore, it is important that the youth learn about the culture and history of Saint Lucia.
On Thursday July 5th, 2018, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) launched a new programme aimed at engaging the youth in arts and culture in the form of scrip writing, theatre arts, steel pan and storytelling.
The programme was named Artfuzion.
Minister for Culture Sen. Hon. Fortuna Belrose stated that the programme will provide opportunities for children attending summer camp, to learn traditions that have been lost over the years.
“Every summer the CDF engages in summer programmes for the youth. There they will learn how to cook, learn to be confident, learn to compete, dance, drama, sing and to use their senses a lot more. Summer time always give that opportunity for young people to become engaged. We are quite happy with that work CDF is doing. So we are encouraging families to send their children to the various locations around the country.”
The name Artsfuzion was formulated by the staff of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and encompasses a combination of programmes.
Director of Training Development and Promotion Ms. Celeste Burton expressed her enthusiasm at this new undertaking.
“Artsfuzion is a project which we have developed based on our summer programmes. We offer programmes in theatre, dance, drama, script writing, reading and music. What we decided to do this year is to create a name that sells better. We have had a steel pan project in Canaries, a dance and theatre programme in Vieux fort and Castries. The name was formulated through a staff competition at the CDF. The winning name was Artsfuzion.”
The summer camp will run from July 11 to August 7, 2018.
This Year the programme will be widened to accommodate the older youth.