Cel­e­brat­ing Charles Cadet – the first in­ductee of the Cul­tural Icons Project

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Thurs­day saw the suc­cess­ful launch of a brand new project of the Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion and a first-time ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the CDF and the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic – The Cul­tural Icons Project & Ode to an Artist – Cel­e­brat­ing Charles Cadet.

Our Cul­tural Icons are the visual artists, ac­tors, dancers, writ­ers, mu­si­cians and folk artists who wrote about, painted, com­posed and shaped the Saint Lu­cian iden­tity. The Icons Project is an in­spi­ra­tional un­der­tak­ing spear­headed by the Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, that will pay trib­ute to our Icons and share their his­to­ries, sto­ries, ex­pe­ri­ences and work; share their in­spi­ra­tion for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Too much of Saint Lu­cia’s his­tory and cul­ture has been lost when per­sons of note pass on with­out their life’s work recorded. Even dur­ing the life­times of our ex­tra­or­di­nary achievers, their sto­ries and work are not read­ily avail­able; youth are not able to be in­spired by their ex­am­ple; Saint Lu­cia is not able to ben­e­fit from the level of fame that could be achieved if their sto­ries and works were more widely pro­moted.

We of­ten hear a cry for men­tors and pos­i­tive ex­am­ples for our youth to follow; calls for di­ver­si­fy­ing the op­tions avail­able for youth to find gain­ful em­ploy­ment; the need for Saint Lu­cia to cul­ti­vate her na­tional pride and cul­tural iden­tity. We have such men­tors: our Cul­tural Icons in our midst and the power to em­power youth through the arts.

The Cul­tural Icons project will cre­ate a tan­gi­ble legacy of our cul­tural and arts greats to in­spire gen­er­a­tions to come to achieve great­ness as proud Saint Lu­cians. Be­ing named and cel­e­brated as an Icon, will be an hon­our re­served for those who have ei­ther a lifetime of sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions or a shorter-term im­pact so im­pres­sive or ground-break­ing that it war­rants hon­our­ing.

The cel­e­bra­tions will en­able the pub­lic to en­joy a life story pre­sented as a cap­ti­vat­ing show or ex­posé that il­lus­trates the Icon’s work and the essence and worth of their con­tri­bu­tion and im­pact on Saint Lu­cia. The cel­e­bra­tion for each Icon will form the core of the legacy prod­uct for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions – for in­stance, this year the aim is to pro­duce a high qual­ity DVD of the show that can be used in ed­u­ca­tion and also sold, con­tribut­ing to de­vel­op­ment funds of the in­sti­tu­tions in­volved as well as the artistes.

Ode to an Artist – Cel­e­brat­ing Charles Cadet

This year the pub­lic will be treated to a truly ex­tra­or­di­nary event on Sun­day De­cem­ber 14th at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre: a con­cert in­volv­ing ap­prox­i­mately 100 per­form­ers car­ry­ing the au­di­ence on an ex­cit­ing jour­ney through the life and work of Charles Cadet. Tra­di­tional favourites will min­gle with R&B in­ter­pre­ta­tions, en­tirely new works and ex­cit­ing ar­range­ments and in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ments. The orches­tra will be very close to a full sym­phony orches­tra and the mu­sic will be a mix of melodies and gen­res that will have young and old cap­ti­vated, smil­ing and singing along.

Artistes in­clude: Gre­gory Piper, The Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band, the St. Lu­cia School of Mu­sic Youth Orches­tra, The Ce­cil­ian Rays, Mem­bers of the Just Us and Cathe­dral Choirs, Shirley-Ann Cyril, Elra Er­may, Bar­bara Cadet, Len­nie Stone, Minelle, Sari I Shyne, Shayne Ross, TC Brown, Ted­dyson John, Blue Mango, and Boo Hink­son.

The mu­sic will in­clude an en­tirely new work: the Folk Re­quiem - La Fin Journée, ar­ranged by Gre­gory Piper, plus ex­cit­ing new ar­range­ments by Dr. Ale­jan­dro Rutty, vis­it­ing As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Mu­sic Com­po­si­tion at the Univer­sity of North Carolina, and his wife, Dr. Lorena Guillen, highly ac­com­plished Choral Di­rec­tor, who are both here on a one-year res­i­dency at the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic.

Tick­ets are priced at $60 for adults and $30 for chil­dren. Do come and share in our cel­e­bra­tions – truly, a show not to be missed!

Cul­tural icon Charles Cadet.

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