CDF offers summer programs

GIS:-The Workshops Held in Vieux Fort, Soufriere and Castries Span A Range of Genres in the Arts.

The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), mandated to nurture the skills of Saint Lucian creatives and offer support to the development of artistic expression, knows the enriching value of the arts on the lives of individuals, and the resulting impact on the society.

Through the implementation of programs, the CDF works toward providing training to allow artists to reach proficient levels, thereby developing a more business focused professional; ready to share Saint Lucian arts and culture to the world.

This summer, the CDF is offering a schedule of activities in the communities of Vieux Fort, Soufriere and Castries for arts enthusiasts, spanning a range of genres in the arts.

Performing arts will be the focus of the summer arts training program offered in Vieux Fort, which will hone the talents of youngsters from 6 – 14 years in an exciting two-week engagement (July 12 – Aug. 4). From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday to Friday, participants will be tutored in the areas of dance, music and drama.

Residents of Soufriere and surrounding communities will receive training in music theory and practical sessions in steel pan from July 24 to Aug. 24. The interactive steel pan training sessions will be conducted Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. – 12 noon for interested persons from as young as nine years.

An opportunity for young people aged 8 to 17 to become involved in positive self-development through engagement in arts and culture will be made available for the period July 20 to Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Youth Summer Arts Platform (YSAP) will take place at the National Cultural Centre and will offer costume design, creative writing, photography, film, drumming, art and drama. The program has the added attraction of face-to-face interaction with noted Saint Lucian cultural activists.

Parents and other interested persons are invited to call the CDF at 758.457.9021 for details and registration information. The Cultural Development Foundation’s website and Facebook page can also be accessed for regular updates on CDF programs.

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