This assessment has been offered by the Cultural Field Officer of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) Tyrone Harris, who has worked closely with the traditional festival for many years now.
He says the CDF has been hosting training workshops to primarily add know-how and longevity to the art form and to recruit more interested persons every year.
“Well, we are seeing some measure of success, last year the number of lanterns registered went up. We are also pleased to see a few more of the general public, groups and artists, some of the adult lanterns did increase. The schools as per usual we keep seeing the participation.”
The CDF officer commended those who keep steadily participating in the event. The CDF he says endeavors to keep pumping its resources into constructive avenues that will help keep the lantern tradition alive.
Meanwhile, Harris says as part of the Festival of Light 2012 celebration, the lantern competition will be held on Saturday, December, 8, 2012 at the National Cultural Centre from 2 pm.
According to Harris, the CDF will also be hosting lantern building training workshops.
“There will also be some lantern building workshops which will be held at the conference room of the Cultural Development Foundation on Saturday the 17th and 24th November and December 1st 2012. For the schools, we are also going to be sending in some facilitators to the interested schools and these are going to be on going until the lantern competition.”
Meantime, the public is reminded that the prize incentives remains in place as follows: In the junior category the top prize is first place $500, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. For the senior category, first place is $800, second place $500, and third place $300; overall award (most outstanding lantern) – $1,500.
The CDF wishes to formally invite all interested community individuals, artists/groups/organizations/businesses and schools to participate in this annual cultural competition.