SAINT LU­CIA BRINGS JOUNEN KWÉYÒL TO THE UK

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board marked the 30th an­niver­sary of Jounen Kwéyòl by host­ing an ex­clu­sive UK event at the High Com­mis­sion. The event cel­e­brated Cre­ole cul­ture and in­cluded a mix of Kwéyòl (Cre­ole) food, mu­sic, games and folk­lore.

Through­out the day, there were var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties which in­cluded a Quadrille Dance Ses­sion, how to tie a madras head tie and lan­guage work­shop. Spot prizes were also awarded through­out the day and prizes were awarded for the best male and fe­male Kwéyòl out­fits.

Jounen Kwéyòl (Cre­ole Day) is cel­e­brated in Saint Lu­cia on the last Sun­day of Oc­to­ber across the en­tire is­land, and has been held an­nu­ally since 1984. Towns across the is­land set up for the event by pre­par­ing lo­cal dishes and recipes, many of which have been passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion, and in­cor­po­rate au­then­tic in­gre­di­ents such as plan­tain and salt­fish. To com­ple­ment the food aro­mas, up­beat Kwéyòl mu­sic en­com­passes the is­land for tourists and lo­cals alike to en­joy.

At­lyn Forde, Act­ing Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing com­mented: “The day was a huge cel­e­bra­tion of our cre­ole cul­ture with tra­di­tional foods and en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided. The at­mos­phere and mood rep­re­sented ev­ery­thing joy­ful about the Kwéyòl cul­ture and the event brought to­gether a mix of chil­dren, adults and the el­derly from the lo­cal com­mu­nity who came to support all the ac­tiv­i­ties”.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the is­land of Saint Lu­cia visit www.stlu­cia.org.

Bring­ing a taste of St Lu­cian cul­ture to the United

King­dom.

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