Agencies collaborate for Arts and Heritage month

GIS:-The Next Component of the Soleil Summer Festivals Brand has been Unveiled.

On Sep. 6, officials from three national agencies—the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), the Folk Research Center (FRC), and Events Company of Saint Lucia, held a joint press briefing at the FRC to outline their collaborative effort to stage Arts and Heritage Month in October.

The event falls under the Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festivals brand. Thomas Leonce, CEO of Events Company of Saint Lucia explained: “The arrangement which is in place for Arts and Heritage Month, speaks to a tripartite formation. The conceptualization and design of the month of activities remains vested in the FRC with a focus on the heritage components, and the Cultural Development Foundation with a focus on the arts component. The role of The Events Company of Saint Lucia is to produce key events as selected by the two above mentioned entities.”

Executive Director of the FRC, Mr. Hilary La Force, revealed the host communities of the event.

“We are proud to collaborate with the Events Company of Saint Lucia and the CDF to make this celebration a bigger one. This year the four host communities are Babonneau in the north east, Vieux Fort in the south, La Ressource, Dennery in the East, and Marigot in the West.”

Saint Lucians will also be exposed to a number of locally-made products during the month.

Drenia Frederick, Director of Events and Production at the CDF, outlined the events to be staged by the CDF.

“Most of you are familiar with the icon series, which we did during the Jazz and Arts Festival. This year we have moved the icon series to Arts and Heritage Month as it forms part of the arts component,” she said. “The icon that we are honouring this year is Garth St. Omer and most Saint Lucians don’t realize that this is Saint Lucia’s first novelist.”

For the past 33 years Saint Lucia has observed Jounen Kwéyòl, rebranded Creole Heritage Month, now Arts and Heritage month. The public launch of the event will be held on Sep. 24 at the Vieux Fort Square.

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