CDF summer programs underway

GIS:-The CDF is Committed to the Development of Diverse, High Quality Arts and Cultural Activities.

This summer, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) has engaged in three training activities which all introduce participants to particular aspects of Saint Lucian and Caribbean culture.

Facilitators of the performance arts training program will instruct in dance, music and drama with participants as young as age six. Coordinator of the program, Barbara DuBoulay, said the exercise is an opportunity to hone the artistic talents of young people in and around the Vieux Fort community. The program usually focuses on dance, but was extended this year to include drama and music components. All 70 participants will put on a production themed “Colours of the Arts – My Dream; My Life,” at the end of the four-week period.

In Soufriere and surrounding communities, facilitators Gregory Piper and Hausan “Zorro” Griffith have been providing training in steel pan music for nearly 30 participants. The program presents the rudiments of steel pan music theory, and steel pan practical exercises with support from the Office of the Parliamentary Representative for Anse la Raye/Canaries, and the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation. The program also provides transportation for participants coming from neighbouring communities.

Meanwhile, over 60 students have enrolled in the Youth Summer Arts program since it opened on July 20. Participants receive an introduction to various genres of the arts that include dance, drumming, costume design and makeup, stage and set design, theatre arts and drama, film, photography and creative writing. They will also attend sessions on Saint Lucian and Caribbean culture including one-on-one interactions with a traditional community group from Piaye, during which time they will research and document African traditional dances. Their information gathering will result in the creation of a documentary, under the theme, “Saint Lucian Cultural Art Forms – From the Community to the Stage.” The final production is scheduled to be presented at the National Cultural Centre in Castries.

The CDF is committed to maintaining and improving its training programs which help to engage communities in productive lifestyles, build economic strength, and improve the profile of the local cultural experience. The 2017 summer programs commenced on July 12 and will conclude on Aug. 24.