CCC Promises Cultural Explosion For Assou Square

The Castries Constituency Council (CCC) has said that thousands of persons who are expected to attend this year’s Assou Square can expect a cultural explosion.

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, observed that for decades the event has been one of the Island’s premiere activities, celebrating rich culture and folklore.

He said the CCC is bent on improving the ambience.

According to Francis, the event has always been a family affair focussed on children

“In 2019 it will be no different, he stated.

Assou Square will run from 10.00 a.am – 11.00 p.m on January 1&2, 2019 at Derek Walcott Square.

The CCC, which is organising the event, noted that traditionally the activity had been built around the old-style cuisine, children’s toys, rides and displays and cultural entertainment.

The council has promised great variety this year, including the presence of cartoon characters, face painting, bouncing castles for children, masquerade, trolley train rides and lots of entertainment.

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah very cultural all built in the center of the city on concrete floors,with Chinese tents.Our ancestors rolling in their graves

  2. In my time, assou square was at cul de sac.. Every year all I wanted was to ride the ferris wheel or the rock-o-wheel… Children of today will know this much fun… Minus the laboway every year, aasou square cul de sac was the best hands down. Assou stretch on the highway made no sense, assou square far far away in beausejour plee worse… Kids get distracted easily and may not really pay attention to what’s going on on stage… BRING BACK SOME RIDES let’s make assou square great again

  3. If Assou Square was a cu;tural explosion, why did my youtube queries for 2019, not find any masqueraders dancing to the St. Lucian masquerade tune for Assou Square. Since 2010, I have been posting masqueraders as a way of exposing others to St. Lucia customs and also as a way of carrying on traditions even though I now live miles away. I am so afraid that nihilist would someday succeed in making our culture meaningless. Since my days in St. Lucia, as a child, I have been aware of those in the culture who would like to eliminate the Masqueraders or anything remotely connected to our past history. For example, did they not teach us that all Native Americans died natural deaths from diseases or were eliminated by war, on all of the islands? Then as adults, do we not have to reconcile that fact with evidence of Caribe descendants on some islands like Dominica and Trinidad? An example of what I mean by attempt to erase cultural memories. Who would be curious about Native American and their history if we have already been told that they are all dead.
    I it was I hope the fact the I could not find any masqueraders on the reporting of 2019 Assou Square is only an indication of Reporters’ bias. I hope the act of masquerading is being passed down to the younger generation as part of the theater acts we are so anxious to teach. I hope that I not reading too much into the dearth of St Lucian masqueraders on Youtube for the 2018 year end and 2019 New Year celebrations. saw one Calypsonion on stage, a Calypsonian in African dress. No Ragman, No strawman. No Pregnant lady, No Donkeyman, No Mocko Jumbie (Zeppelins–is what my family called them), nothing associated with the street theater that is Jonkunnu. What am I, to make of this lack of coverage? Were they really non-existent on the scene or was there a blockout by the press? Are Masqueraders not news worthy to reporters of St. Lucia? Just curious!
    Many West Indian Islands celebrate John Canoe and proudly display their Masqueraders. Check youtube for 2019. Jamaica has lots of coverage. The fact that the name John Canoe is not even mentioned during the festivites of Christmas and New Years, in St. Lucia is telling. We have used “Mas” and “Jab”. However, we do have Mas and Jab during Carnival, also. Our children should know the connection and differences between the two traditions. Why should other people explain the difference for them. I am very aware that cultural gatekeeoers have since colonial times attempted to erase cultural memories, the fact that these custom survive is indication of our resilience and desire to kept our identity intact. While some organizations and concerned social scientists, attempt to save the diversity found in the world others do their very best to do otherwise. Beware! While there is nothing that dictates that a person belonging to one group cannot have an appreciation for the culture of other groups, be aware that there is something redeeming about knowing and appreciating one’s own. St. Lucians, we have our unique way of being and we too can contritube to the diversity of the world. Long live John Canoe and the spirit of Jonkunnu (with all its various spellings) on the island of St. Lucia. Giving, sharing,and merriment (eating, dancing singing), ate all part of Christmas and Jonkunnu.
    CVM LIVE – _MeltingPot_ Jonkonnu – December 24, 2018 This video explains Jonkonnu.

    St. Lucia get on board!

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