“Tapestry of Cultures”—Bermuda celebrates Heritage Month and Bermuda Day Parade

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Bermuda celebrates Heritage Month with the theme “Tapestry of Cultures.” Bermudans are also gearing up for Bermuda Day Parade, which takes place on Tuesday, May 24. Other events include a reggae concert on May 25; an Arts and Culture panel discussion on May 26; a live band night on May 27; a griot session concert, featuring internationally acclaimed Bermudian artist Mishka, on May 28; and the famous Chewstick Open Mic Night on May 29, with a special heritage theme.

Minister of Social Development & Sports Sylvan Richards [. . .] said that this motif reflects the interconnection of cultural influences that make-up the dynamic mosaic of Bermuda’s people. “During this month’s celebration, we are recognizing our cultural diversity which includes people from England, Africa, the Caribbean, Portugal, Scotland, Philippines, Latin and North America. [. . .] “The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs has organized or supported a number of events that have already taken place and have been most successful. Such events include the Santo Cristo festival organized by the Portuguese community; Mosaic 87 presented by Ruth E. Thomas and Company on the history of Warwick Parish and the Cobbs Hill Methodist Church; the Bermudian Heartbeats talk which featured two Bermudian scholars in a presentation and discussion panel on Bermuda’s linguistic heritage; and the Heritage Month Cultural Showcase in Dockyard, which was a joint partnership between the Department and the West End Development Corporation.

We have even more exciting events lined up for the rest of Heritage Month including an event series to celebrate the launch of The Chewstick Culture Hub on Front Street. The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs is proud to be the main sponsor of these events which include a Reggae concert on May 25th, an Arts and Culture panel discussion on May 26th, a live band night on May 27th, a griot session concert featuring internationally acclaimed Bermudian artist Mishka on May 28th, and the famous Chewstick Open Mic Night on May 29th with a special heritage theme.

Now we are getting ready for one of the most popular events on Bermuda’s cultural calendar – the Bermuda Day Parade, which will take place on Tuesday, May 24th.”

The Bermuda Day Parade will move along Marsh Folly Road and continue right through to the top of Cedar Avenue. The Parade then turns left onto Church Street, takes a right down Court Street, a right along Front Street, and finally up Queen Street. [. . .]

For full article and more details, including a promotional video, see http://bernews.com/2016/05/heritage-month-bermuda-day-2016/

[Photo above by Kageaki Smith; see http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/Default/Heritage-Day-2012/Article/Join-the-celebrations-of-culture-heritage-and-unity/-3/1148/69977]

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