Jacmel last hosted Jounen Kwéyòl 19 years ago in 1997 and assuch is thrilled to be one of the participating
communities in this year’s cultural celebration once again. Jacmel will be host to a series of activities
leading up to Jounen Kwéyòl under the theme “Fig la Vivant”. Jacmel, on the West Coast of Saint Lucia, is
one of many communities within the Roseau Valley which is home to the largest banana plantation in
Saint Lucia which paved the way of life for many people in that community.
The Jacmel Jounen Kwéyòl Committee is extending an invitation to members of the public to its two day
launch of Creole Heritage Month of activities. On Sunday, October 02, 2016, there will be an Opening
Mass at the Church of the Holy Family in Jacmel followed by a Kwéyòl Brunch. Attendees to the mass are
asked to dress in creole wear. During the Mass, members of the community who’ve made a significant
contribution to the community will be honoured.
On Monday, October 03, 2016, the Roseau Beach will come alive as we host a Kwéyòl Mélé! Come take
part in numerous cultural activities including hédi senne (fishing), kabowé racing, bamboo bursting,
tanbou and many traditional games. Come experience pulsating Creole music by Siah, Scratchy B, Subance
and Mighty and more. Special performance by Mizéwab solo band. Deejays include Spy Kid, Fabulous Kid
and Mc Cox. A variety of delicious creole cuisine awaits you.
Leading up to the culmination of Jounen Kwéyòl on October 30, 2016, Jacmel will be hosting other
community activities such as a Kwéyòl Comedy Night, Cultural Dance Night, Woulelaba, Fun Sports Day,
Creole Mass and an Agricultural exhibition which will be one of the main highlights of the Creole Heritage
Month. This year promises to be a memorable event on Saint Lucia’s calendar of activities and all are invited to be a part of the celebration of our cultural heritage.