La Maguerite Festival kicks off

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La Maguerite Festival kicks off
Photo credit: GIS
Photo credit: GIS

Monday, October 15, 2012 – The schools segment of the La Marguerite Flower Festival begun on  Friday, October 12th when schools in District 6, compromising of schools in Vieux Fort, came together to stage their observance of the flower festival.

The Marketing Officer at the Cultural Development Foundation, Jimmy Clavier, says the festival remains strongly rooted in the school system.

On the big day itself, Wednesday, October 17th 2012, District 8 will form part of a church service in both Soufriere and Canaries, a parade through the streets and a presentation.

“In addition to that, we also have on Friday the 19th, the presentations by the Babonneau Schools. They are coming together to do their bit in terms of sensitizing the schools and the community.  What one must appreciate is that we’ve got hundreds of hundreds of schools over the island, and on Wednesday 17th, we cannot have all the schools present, nor can we have all the schools put on presentations.  As a result what’s going to be happening is that some of the schools will be doing their own.”

At 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 17th, a special church service dedicated to the  island’s second national flower festival, will take place under the patronage of Saint Lucia’s Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy.

The day’s programme will include headliners such as the schools’ presentation and a ‘Meet the Governor General’ segment for all the  La Marguerite Kings, Queens and Princesses.

Meantime, the Kwéyòl Language Committee of the Folk Research Centre in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Ste. Lucie is organizing a Creole Film Symposium in celebration of Creole Heritage Month.

This symposium aims to promote the Creole language and culture in an innovative and exciting way which will create public awareness of and appreciation for the language. It will also highlight the use of the French Creole language and will also focus on Creole cultural themes. It will bring together local film-makers and other artistes involved in film media which make dominant use of the Kwéyòl language.

The categories featured are: comedy, advertisement, promotional video clips, documentaries and short fiction.  The symposium is open to all film media artistes. Those who wish to feature any piece of work at this symposium, in any of the categories mentioned, are asked to contact the Folk Research Centre before Oct. 17th.

The Creole Film Symposium will take place on Thursday, October 25 at the Alliance Française de Ste. Lucie from 4:00 pm.

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