Friday 23 October, 2020

St Lucia: Culture on display during Creole Heritage Month launch

Manmay Lakay band, photo via Events Saint Lucia Facebook page

Manmay Lakay band, photo via Events Saint Lucia Facebook page

Events Saint Lucia in collaboration with the Folk Research Centre and the Cultural Development Foundation rolled out an events program yesterday, September 27, 2020 to commemorate the official launch of Creole Heritage Month.

The production was very entertaining and informative and took viewers on a nostalgic cultural ride featuring scenes from various local rivers and sites where the characters told stories or spoke of St Lucia’s diverse culture.

Hosted by cultural icon Kennedy ‘Boots’ Samuel, the event showcased a variety of native content including folklore, creole music and dance, local fashion, traditional games and more.

The show kicked off with some upbeat creole tunes from the band ‘Manmay Lakay’, who are popularly known for their artistic play on words and groovy instrumentals followed by the Helen folk dancers who graced the audience with some quadrille dancing.

Five “made for TV” productions were featured at the launch yesterday, with each production taking the form of a mini-series, highlighting key components of Saint Lucia’s cultural and traditional heritage. They were:

  • Annou Dansé Kwéyòl Sent Lisian an educational and entertaining traditional dance series hosted by Jason C. Joseph
  • Traditional Dance Choreographer and Music Specialist, Fèsten Jwé, a four-part series highlighting traditional games hosted by radio personality Kiedel Sonny
  • A creole fashion series branded Bèlté Sent Lisi hosted by National Carnival Queen 2018 Earlyca Frederick
  • I Di Kwik a four-part storytelling mini-series hosted by the iconic creole character “Grandpa” played by Cultural Activist George “Fish” Alphonse
  • Dékouvè Sent Lisi, Dékouvè kò’w, an emotive series which is designed to take its audiences on an exploration of the people and sites of four quaint communities across the island. 

The Icon Series, now into its fifth season, was also previewed as well as the La Magwit Flower Festival. 

The launch was streamed via all popular social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Instagram TV, as well as YouTube. The organizers have also announced another major virtual cultural event called ‘Gwan Fet’ scheduled for Sunday, October 25th, 2020.

This event will be staged at Fond Latisab Creole Park in Fond Assau, Babonneau which is designated as the Official Creole Village for the 2020 Creole Heritage Month season and allows for real-time participation by audiences facilitated through Zoom.  

Promotions and competitions including Best Decorated Creole Home, Best Dressed, Best Display of Creole Cuisine and Best Creole Friends & Family Photo, will run throughout the show which will be branded “Gwan Fèt …La kay nou”. 

In addition to cultural musical performances, traditional dance, traditional games, creole cuisine, traditional technology and storytelling, Gwan Fet will feature a creole cooking competition and full-scale creole fashion show.

Creole Heritage Month 2020 aims to reach audiences far beyond St. Lucia’s 238 square miles thus breaking the barriers created by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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