(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The sad news that another Saint Lucian stalwart, had died, spread quickly on Sunday 11th February, 2018. Gandolph St. Clair passed away at the Victoria Hospital after a brief illness.
Gandolph’s name is synonymous with Saint Lucian Arts and Culture as he was a devoted poet, prolific writer, talented playwright and dynamic actor/director. He served as Director of Carnival from 1998 to 2002 and played an integral role in the facilitation of visits to Saint Lucia Carnival by neighbouring French territories as well as the organizing of community carnivals. Between 2002 & 2012, Gandolph was Senior Cultural Development Officer with the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF).
“Abbeystone”, as he was affectionately called will be laid to rest on Monday March 5th following a Thanksgiving Service which will take place at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception from 2:00 p.m. On Friday March 2nd, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) and the Ministry of Culture will host a public tribute at the National Cultural Centre from 7:00 p.m.
A number of areas in which Mr. St. Clair was involved will be showcased during Friday’s tribute. A mini-exhibition, theatrical, dance & music performances as well as literary & spoken word performances are set to take place on the inside of the National Cultural Centre. Traditional games, storytelling and other cultural & folk activities will engage the public on the grounds of the Centre. Members of the arts and cultural fraternity have confirmed their attendance as we honour a man who commanded great respect and admiration. The public is invited to help us pay tribute to Gandolph “Abbeystone” St. Clair.