Organisers of Youth Fest have said that if young people are helped to harness their talents, they will have an opportunity to put their energies into positive endeavours.
Youth Fest Chairman, Stephen ‘Esteban’ Edmund, told St Lucia Times that the event was born out of a desire to push the arts and give youngsters an opportunity to become better citizens.
But he explained that if youths are inclined towards other avenues such as education or sports, they should be encouraged in those directions.
“If you encourage them at the early stage they will become the citizens of the future who will be able to push the nation further,” Edmund stated.
He spoke at the Castries City Hall Wednesday during a cheque presentation by sponsors and training session for performers at the upcoming Youth Fest 2018.
The event will be held at the Philip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
Youth Fest has been described as “a family-oriented event that focuses on showcasing, promoting and developing the musical and related talents of our youth while harnessing their creativity and influences to spread messages of understanding, tolerance, peace and goodwill for a better society”.
According to the organisers, young and upcoming Saint Lucian artistes are at a major disadvantage because they are, for the most part, excluded from the big festivals that promote and showcase mainly foreign artistes with huge price tags.
This year, local artistes will be joined by a representative each from Dominica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, it was disclosed.