The Alliance Française, in collaboration with the British High Commission and the French Embassy have been running a programme of activities since 11th November 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
These activities are being planned in St Lucia to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.
On Friday 11th November 2016, a commemoration of the First World War’s centenary has been taking place at Alliance Française de Sainte-Lucie.
For the whole day on Friday, the public was invited to come to Alliance to watch some movies about the First World War and to have a look at the French exhibition “The Great War and the rum industry” (with the support of “Collectivité Territoriale de la Martinique”) in the Alliance Française’s new gallery.
The exhibition will be running for the next two weeks.
A poetry competition has also been organized with the theme being “War”, under the patronage of the Honourable Sir Derek Walcott.
The winners of the Poetry Contest have been announced during the special ceremony on Friday evening.
During the ceremony, the new Ambassador of France, His Excellency Philippe Ardanaz and the Interim British High Commissioner for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, His Excellency Robert Gibson gave speeches and awarded the prizes to the Saint Lucian winners.
Liselle Paul, 25, won the First Prize in the English Poem category with her poem With All Respect and Shernia Phillip, 17, won the First Prize in the French Poem category with her poem Soldat réticent. They both won an ACER tablet. Other participants have won consolation prizes.
Some of the poems are displayed in Alliance.
Synopsis of the exhibition:
The War of 1914 – 1918 was a pivotal moment in the history of the Caribbean and generated profound changes in the history and the rum industry in Martinique.
This industry was elevated to the status of war industry by the French state caught in the global conflict.
In Martinique, despite the mobilization of the men who went on the frontline and transportation difficulties, the economic sector regained its past prosperity.