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