PRESS RELEASE – The 10th edition of the National Woulélaba Competition organized by the Folk Research Centre as part of activities commemorating Creole Heritage Month will be launched on Sunday, 5th October from 10am at the LaGuerre Playing Field.
Woulélaba is an indigenous form of cricket with rules that make it less formal than international cricket and increases the excitement for local spectators.
By and large, Woulélaba captures the imagination of particularly rural communities and fuses physical and folk culture in bringing these communities together.
Woulélaba (otherwise referred to as Walaba) is usually just the central part of a wider community socialization event.
Its popular context is an “excursion” in which members of one community journey to spend a day of fun in another host community.
The main activity would be a Woulélaba game between teams of the two communities. Around the game there would be other activities such as performance of cultural traditions, informal betting of monies on the teams, sale of food and drink, music and often a public dance to end the day.
In that regard, Woulélaba strengthens communities, nurtures talent, and develops peace and understanding across communities particularly at a time when many St. Lucian communities are threatened by crime, drugs, poverty and other social problems.
The 2014 edition of the National Woulélaba Competition is being sponsored primarily by St Lucia National Lotteries. Other sponsors are Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, St Lucia Distillers, St Lucia Electricity Services, Duboulay’s Bottling Company and Paradise Springs.
Teams from around St Lucia are expected to participate, including Piaye (the defending champions), Belfond, Dennery, Monchy, Anse La Raye, Ciceron, Mon Repos, Desrameaux, Sarrot and Barre de Chaussee.
Special attraction will be the kwéyòl commentary that will thrill spectators as much as the players themselves.