Category Archives: Culture

Chocolate Heritage Month in Saint Lucia

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SLu ChocolateThis October, Saint Lucia will once again celebrate Chocolate Heritage Month recognizing the role cacao and its beloved byproduct chocolate has played in its history.  With a number of on-island experiences, the month-long festivities will delve into Saint Lucia’s cacao roots, offering travelers unbeatable island-wide hotel and resort promotions for plenty of chocolaty fun.

Visitors can indulge in the island’s rich heritage through specialized plantation tours, available at a variety of locations including the Marquis Estate, Anse Mamin Plantation, Emerald Estate, Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate. The Chocolate Decadence Tour by Island Routes Tours takes guests on a luxury catamaran from Castries port to the Rabot Estate for an all-day tour that includes chocolate making from scratch, and a chocolate infused gourmet meal followed by a leisurely afternoon at the Sulphur Springs’ mud bath.

Travelers can dine on cocoa-inspired dishes dreamed up by leading island chefs and partake in exclusive chocolate spa treatments. Island visitors can follow Saint Lucia’s Chocolate Heritage Trail map at www.facebook.com/SaintLuciaTouristBoard, which highlights the island’s sweet spots, including history, key sites and special offers.

“Travelers are in for a sweet surprise when they visit Saint Lucia during Chocolate Heritage Month,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, deputy director of tourism. “Saint Lucia’s cacao culture begins with the plantation tours where visitors can actually harvest the beans and follow the process through to experience our creative cuisine, infused spa treatments and even delicious local traditions like cocoa tea.”

For more information about Saint Lucia, please visit www.stlucianow.com, call 1-800-4STLUCIA or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SaintLuciaTouristBoard.

Chocolate Heritage Month promotions offered by island hotels and resorts this fall include:

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FRC’s Creole Literacy For Students Starts October 1st.

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October is celebrated as Creole Heritage Month in Saint Lucia. The programmes and events for the month are largely organized by the Folk Research Centre in association with individuals, groups and communities. The climax of the month is the now-established Jounen Kweyol which takes place this year on Sunday October 27th. The main communities selected as the central venues for Jounen Kwéyòl 2013 are Grande Riviere, Vieux Fort, Mon Repos and Soufriere.

Celebrating all things kweyol

Celebrating all things kweyol

As part of its own activities, the FRC has organised Creole Literacy programmes aimed at the school children and adults of Saint Lucia. This year the children’s programmes take place from Tuesday October 1st to Friday October 4th at the FRC headquarters on Mount Pleasant. The teaching sessions are arranged from 10 am – 11.30 am and from 12.30 – 2.00 pm daily.
Among the objectives of the annual programme are the increase of knowledge and awareness of aspects of St. Lucian culture among students and teachers. The FRC would like to ensure that young students continue their education with a good foundation in cultural education. The institution also hopes that this interaction with the culture in an educational setting will help to instill in the participants a lifelong interest in, and appreciation of, their rich cultural inheritance. The children’s programmes of the FRC are endorsed by the Ministry of Education. Teachers are asked to call the FRC to make a booking for their students.
The programmes are conducted in a lively, interactive manner and led by well known cultural personalities.
The 2013 Cultural Literacy/Creole Heritage Programme of the FRC will focus on the theme of “Nou tout sé kwéyòl – learning about our culture, learning about ourselves.” The aim will be to help participants identify, recognize and claim their unique St. Lucian heritage.
Facilitators will focus on specific and distinctive aspects of St. Lucian culture. Classes on The Kwéyòl Language, Kwéyòl narratives (folk tales), Kwéyòl music, Kwéyòl dances, Kwéyòl arts and crafts, will be presented alongside a general survey of St. Lucian history that is culturally focused.
This programme will comprise interactive presentations from which the participants will acquire cultural skills and knowledge, interact with several prominent cultural personalities, and be encouraged to continue their involvement in cultural activities. It is hoped that this experience will help to instill in the participants a lifelong interest in, and appreciation of their rich cultural heritage.
Several well-known cultural personalities will be present to meet with students and to perform for them, among them Niger Nestor the drummer, George ‘Fish’ Alphonse poet and actor and Frank Norville, musician. Younger performance poets like Flora Jessy Leonce and singer Naomi Granderson are scheduled to appear.

Saint Lucia/Republic of Korea bridges cultural gaps

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Mr. Sang Hoon Lee makes donation of Korean books to the Director of Central Library, Ms. Brenda Paul

Mr. Sang Hoon Lee makes donation of Korean books to the Director of Central Library, Ms. Brenda Paul

As Saint Lucia and the Republic of Korea advance their bilateral relations, the island was recently the recipient of a donation of books on Korean history and culture.

During a short presentation on Thursday 11th July 23, 2013 at the Ministry of External Affairs, the books were donated for use by the people of Saint Lucia and it is expected that this gesture will bridge the cultural and social gaps between the two countries.

Ms. Brenda Paul, Director of the Central Library conveyed gratitude on behalf of the users of the Central Library for the latest addition to their existing complement of books. Further, it is expected that the books will help the Saint Lucian public gain a better understanding about the history and culture of the Republic of Korea.

Mr. Sang Hoon Lee, Second Secretary from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Trinidad and Tobago expressed his delight to be part of this educational and cultural drive which seeks to draw two distant lands even closer.

A collection of these books were also donated to the Hunter J Francois Library of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.

Taste Of The Caribbean’ Set for Miami in June

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The participating team members represent members of CHTA

The participating team members represent members of CHTA

Caribbean culture will be on display at the annual Taste of the Caribbean where chefs and bartenders from the region take center stage to compete for the Caribbean’s top culinary honors. The Culinary Competition & Festival takes place June 26-30 at the Hyatt Regency, Miami. “The Caribbean is united in the promotion of the region’s indigenous flavours and products. From the world’s best spices to the best coffee, rums, beers and tropical fruits, our national cuisines are an important part of our destination marketing,” said Josef Forstmayr, chairman of CHTA and chairman of Taste of the Caribbean. “Our distinct cuisines are part of our national identities and Taste of the Caribbean showcases our region in a very powerful way,” Forstmayr added.

At Taste of the Caribbean over 10 teams from the Caribbean compete in a hot food/culinary team competition, bartender competition and pastry competition. Each participating team represents a Caribbean island which has held individual competitions to select their national team. Each team is composed of 2 senior chefs, 1 junior chef, 1 bartender, 1 pastry chef and 1 manager.

The participating team members represent hotels, restaurants or educational institutions in the Caribbean which are members of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

The trade show as this event is a one-stop forum for gathering practical information, sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors, all on hand to help Taste of the Caribbean registrants build food and beverage business – and yield benefits on the bottom line.

There are currently ten Caribbean culinary teams registered for the event including Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the registration form, click here. For complete event details, click here. For all of the latest news and photos of teams participating in Taste of the Caribbean, follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CDF Lantern Workshops and Competition 2012

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The Cultural Development Foundation is calling all interested persons who wish to participate in this year’s Lantern Making Workshops to register with us at Barnard Hill in Castries.Three workshops will be held at CDF to teach how to make colorful lanterns. The workshops will set the stage for the CDF Lantern Competition and the National Festival of Lights in December.

Preregistration is required to ensure participants will have access to materials to build lanterns at workshops. To sign up, visit us at Barnard Hill between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Lantern Competition will be at the end of the workshops, plus your lantern will be featured at the Festival of Lights Ceremony!  The great thing about the classes is that afterwards you’ll have the skills to make lanterns for any event, like a birthday party, wedding, shower, BBQ or picnic.

The workshops, competition and festival are organised by the Cultural Development Foundation to educate and create understanding of our cultures and traditions.

The Folk Research Center (FRC) Kweyol Debate Concept

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Jounen Kweyol, as described in the FRC Jounen Kweyol Charter and Mission Statement reminds us that “Jounen Kweyol aims to make Saint Lucian Society aware of the strength and Value of the kweyol language and to assist in the understanding and development of its rich cultural resources.

The six (6) main pillars of Jounen Kweyol seek to:

1. Help communities discover collectively and share in their rich cultural heritage.

2. Bring communities together irrespective of colour, creed or partisan affiliation to address issues of culture and community development.

3. Mobilize to collectively utilize cultural resources for economic development in an environment free from selfishness and greed.

4. Utilize both the traditional wisdom of communities and learning from formal institutions to stimulate a positive and wholesome educational experience.

5. Develop the confidence of the vast number of Saint Lucian persons whose principal means of communication and expression is the kweyol language.

6. Unite communities across partisan political lines in a peaceful celebration of their heritage, their world, their Saint “Lucian-ness”.

History and Background:

The St. Lucia National Youth Council in October of 1998 initiated its first Kweyol Debate as part of its contribution to the cultural heritage of St. Lucia. This debate took place in Castries at the Marchand Parish Center to a full hall.

The topic for the debate centered on crime as this remains a critical issue affecting society. The topic read “Has Government done enough to combine crime”.

The fundamental concerns of a debate center on the issue of an argument. However, it must be noted there are significance differences between the colloquial meaning of argument as a quarrel and its definition as a process of reasoning proof.
Therefore the kweyol debate is based on argumentation as the art which seeks to influence others, through the medium of reasoned discourse, to believe or act as we wish them to believe or act.

In the main the debate focuses on matters of public controversy and national issues. As the word public suggests these maters concern us as members of a community. “They are”, according to one rhetorician, “the problems of war and peace, race and creed, poverty, wealth and population, of democracy and communism”. It is understandable that specific issues will arise on which we must take decisions from time to time.

The FRC has realized that in an effort to promote the Creole language and to facilitate discussion on a burning issue it has to utilize all forms of communication. Hence the reason for this years debate in Creole.
Format:

The debate will take place between two sides a proposition and an opposition, of which each team shall comprise two or three members. In the case of three members, a team shall have a leader, a seconder and a rebuttal speaker. For the purpose of this event a team shall have two speakers (a leader and a seconder), one of whom shall undertake the rebuttal.

The debate shall be managed by the Master/mistress of ceremony who shall introduce the topic, the debaters, and the judges and shall monitor the conduct of the debate.

The rules of the debate will be provided from the NYC debate format.

Topic:

For the 2012 Kweyol Debate, the topic is as follows.
In this age of globalization the Kwéyòl Language is essential to the sustainable development of St. Lucia?
“An tan-an nou ka viv la, Pou Sent Lisi dévélopé vwéman I nésésè pou plasé Lanng Kwéyòl-la an tout zafè péyi-a”.
Debaters:
Team 1: Rhikkie Alexander & Sharleen Felicien

Team 2: Carlton Ishmel & Marius James

Venue:
The debate is scheduled to take place at the Dennery Mabouya Valley Development Centre (Old La Caye Police Station) on October 18th, 2012 at 7: 30 pm.

Other Activities:

Mr. Velenor, who is an agriculturist and Latanier wine producer, broom maker etc, will display his local wines, brooms and other herbal products and plants labeled in Kweyol.

The public is asked to come out and support this event.
Admission: FREE

Official Venues for Jounen Kwéyòl, 2012

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Castries, St Lucia – October 8, 2012 – Vieux Fort and Marigot are the official venues for Jounen Kwéyòl celebrations this year. Patience had initially been identified as a third venue for the event which takes place of Sunday October 28 (International Creole Day) but, due to logistical difficulties, had to withdraw as a host.
Meanwhile, the southern playoffs of the National Woulélaba Competition take place on Sunday, October 14 at the La Ressource (Vieux Fort) Playing Field from 10am. Teams from La Pointe (Mon Repos), Vieux Fort, Piaye, Laborie, Dennery and Belfond will vie for a place in the finals on November 4.

Contact:
Kentry Jn Pierre
kdjnpierre@hotmail.com; frc@candw.lc
Mount Pleasant, PO Box 514, Castries
Ph: 1 758 452 2279
http://www.stluciafolk.org/