(PRESS RELEASE) – As October marks the celebration of Creole Heritage month, St. Lucians residing in Taiwan gathered in Kaohsiung, to celebrate Jounen Kweyol in large numbers.
The two-day event held on October 21st and 22nd organized by The Embassy of St. Lucia on R.O.C Taiwan along with the Association of St. Lucian Students in Taiwan was deemed a success.
The event commenced with elections for the new committee of The Association of St. Lucian Students in Taiwan, with Montelle Felix winning the position of President. Hosts, Handel Mathurin and Jelani St. Clair opened the entertainment segment which included poetry, ballades, creole riddles and short skits performed by students and Ambassador Emmanuel.
Followed by was the highly anticipated fashion show organized by Miss Nola Rene, showcasing creative designs both in madras and African print modeled by the students. Last but not least, were dance performances ranging from traditional quadrille and masquerade to contemporary styles. The night’s proceedings culminated with the Creole Buffet for dinner headed by Chefs Nyhymn Terrance and Danté Hippolyte with their team.
Day two of the event kicked off with creole style breakfast consisting of bakes, saltfish, accra and cocoa tea. Special guests in attendance were the Presidents of the Belize Students Association and St. Kitts and Nevis Students Assocation, Ms. Clydie Aldana and Mr. Addéa Brunder.
His Excellency Mr. Hubert Emmanuel, Ambassador of St. Lucia on R.O.C. Taiwan expressed how important it is for St. Lucians in Taiwan and abroad to be proud of their creole heritage as it is an important part of our national identity. There are plans slated for next year, to host a grand Jounen Kweyol Celebration, where Taiwanese and other foreigners can partake in the festivities.