PRESS RELEASE – The December Festivals are a series of traditional and historical festivals which bring Saint Lucians together in the spirit of community through artistic creativity with the use of light – a symbol of rebirth.
One of the highlights of the December Festivals is the Lantern Festival – a unique and extravagant expression of creativity through lanterns. The Lantern Competition, part of the annual Lantern Festival, will take place at the National Cultural Centre this coming Saturday, December 5th, from 2:00 p.m.
The competition is a showcase of skills which will be judged in three (3) categories – Traditional, National and Contemporary/Modern. Participants 17 years and under are adjudged in the junior division while anyone 18 years or older will be considered a senior. Participants are awarded with special consideration given to the skill level employed in the creations. Pre-judging will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on competition day.
Interested individuals are invited to register for the Lantern Competition by calling the CDF on 456- 9021 by 4:00 p.m. on Friday 4th December. Exceptions will not be made on Saturday 5th December, the day of competition, so participants are strongly advised to register for the competition before the deadline.
On Sunday December 6th, the walls of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception will resound with music as soloists and groups raise their voices in singing. Performances from JUSTUS, Michael Robinson, Vision, Irvin “Ace” Loctor, Heart and Soul, Ave Maria Primary School Choir and Shirley Ann Cyril-Mayers are among those expected to inspire the congregation. The Festival of Carols brings a wide cross section of the society together in the spirit of joy and singing. The festival is slated for Sunday, December 6th from 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
Background Information on Lantern Workshops
Since 1993 the lantern workshops have given participants an opportunity to acquire the skills required to create exquisite lanterns from the simplest of materials and to be part of an age old tradition. The initiative was started by Julian Calderon and Cedric George, through the Ministry of Education and Culture, who visited schools and engaged students creatively.
Today, the workshops have moved into the wider community and encourage participation from people of all ages who wish to express themselves through this traditional art form. This year, five venues were identified and the sessions began on Saturday November 7th and continued every Saturday during the month of November, until the 28th. The following individuals facilitated the training sessions:
Sean Greaves – CDF Conference Room & Boys Training Centre
Gary Butte – Desruisseaux Community Centre
Vivian duBoulay – The Papel Craft Centre, Laborie
Shawn Francis – CDF Conference Room
Delthia Naitram – District IV Schools