Al­liance Française de Sainte-Lu­cie com­mem­o­rates the Cen­te­nary of the WW1

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Al­liance Française, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion and the French Em­bassy have been run­ning a pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties since 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.

Yes­ter­day, a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the First World War's cen­te­nary took place at Al­liance Française de Sainte-Lu­cie.

The public was in­vited to come to Al­liance to watch some movies about the First World War and to have a first hand 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 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.

This vivid 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 were an­nounced dur­ing yes­ter­day's fes­tiv­i­ties.

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 also won con­so­la­tion prizes.

Some of the po­ems are dis­played in Al­liance.

Liselle Paul won an Acer tablet for poem en­ti­tled “With All Re­spect” at yes­ter­day’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Cen­te­nary of the WW1.

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