St Lucia’s FRC to launch Creole Heritage Month

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The Folk Research Centre (FRC) will launch Creole Heritage Month 2016 on Sunday, Sep. 25, under the theme “Kité Kwéyòl Mach,” St Lucia News Online reports.

The launch will take place at 12 noon, on the grounds of the Folk Research Centre at Mount Pleasant.

There will be Kwéyòl food and drinks on sale.

A shuttle service will be provided at the Derek Walcott Square.

October is Creole Heritage Month

The Folk Research Centre (FRC) has dubbed the month of October, Mwa Ewitaj Kwéyòl (Creole Heritage Month.)

Executive Director of the Folk Research Centre, Hilary LaForce said the month-long celebration serves to heighten Saint Lucian’s awareness about their heritage, Kwéyòl (Creole) language, and traditions, which will lead to an understanding and appreciation of their culture.

“We’ve been hosting Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day) activities in several different communities over the years,” he said. “To date, we have held celebrations in 28 different communities. Since then, we thought that it would be more fitting to observe an entire month rather than just a day of activities, and during that time we have a number of activities planned.”

Mr. LaForce is calling on Saint Lucians and visitors alike to participate in the celebrations.

“We use the opportunity that Creole Heritage Month provides to educate our people,’ he said. “What we do by way of education is to encourage persons to recognize cultural icons in their community, bring back some particular area of activity that is unique to that community, exhibit what we call technologies, and showcase artifacts and various items which are being used in the community.”

Mr. La Force said such activities within communities are important as they serve to keep traditions alive.

This year, Jounen Kwéyòl celebrations on will take place in four host communities—Choiseul, Belle Vue in Vieux Fort, Jacmel and Gros Islet —on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Jounen Kwéyòl venues announced

Preparations for Saint Lucia’s biggest cultural festival, Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day), are at an advanced stage.

Under the direction of the Folk Research Centre (FRC), the widely celebrated cultural event will take place on October 30.

Jounen Kwéyol is the brainchild of the Folk Research Centre, and is celebrated in recognition of Jounen Kwéyòl Entonnasyonal (International Creole Day), observed annually on October 28. The event aims to foster an awareness of the strength and value of the Kwéyòl language and to assist in the understanding and development of its rich cultural resources.

According to FRC policy that ensures communities don’t monopolize the hosting of the event, four communities will host Creole Day festivities. The four host communities are Gros Islet, Choiseul, Belle Vue and Jacmel.

The FRC has added a new feature this year, where each host community will highlight a cultural area for which the community is famous. These cultural areas comprise, inter alia, agriculture, fisheries, craft and music.

The official launch of Creole Heritage Month/Jounen Kwéyòl 2016 will be held on Sunday, Sep. 25 at the FRC’s premises at Mount Pleasant. It will take the form of a mini Jounen Kwéyòl celebration, and will be a whole-day affair.

This will be Saint Lucia’s 32nd Jounen Kwéyòl celebration since it began in 1984, in Mon Repos. The event was affected only once, due to Hurricane Tomas in 2010.

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