Eman­ci­pa­tion in 2017

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Eman­ci­pa­tion cel­e­bra­tions pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to broaden the pub­lic un­der­stand­ing of the sig­nif­i­cance of all the par­ties in­volved in the slave trade and slav­ery as well as their roles in the process of slav­ery and “eman­ci­pa­tion”. For many, his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­ally re­lated as­pects of Saint Lu­cian tra­di­tion be­long to a seg­mented por­tion of the so­ci­ety. Con­se­quently, pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties gen­er­ally leaves a lot to be de­sired. The Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (CDF) con­tin­ues in its ef­forts to en­cour­age Saint Lu­cians to em­brace our rich and di­verse his­tory which has con­trib­uted to the unique peo­ple we are.

In that re­spect, the CDF re­cently sought to en­gage the pub­lic by is­su­ing an open call to vis­ual artists to par­tic­i­pate in a pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion. With the fo­cus on pho­tog­ra­phy, com­peti­tors were asked to sub­mit pho­tos based on the 2017 theme for eman­ci­pa­tion: “Tourism, Politics and Eco­nomic Free­dom”. Four of the best en­tries will be show­cased in the an­nual Eman­ci­pa­tion Ex­hi­bi­tion sched­uled for the JQ Charles Rod­ney Bay Mall. From Tues­day, Au­gust 1st un­til Mon­day 21st, the pub­lic is in­vited to view the ex­hibits which cap­ture a range of sub themes stem­ming from the broad-based guid­ing con­cept. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open from Mon­day to Fri­day 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Satur­days, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to the CDF: “Our very ex­is­tence hinges on el­e­ments of our work ethic, iden­tity, lan­guage, econ­omy, the way we live in and out of our com­mu­ni­ties; all im­pact­ing what and who we are to­day. As a na­tion we are on the brink of an eco­nomic revo­lu­tion, that brings to the fray the bal­anc­ing act of our in­de­pen­dence and de­pen­dence on colo­nial struc­tures or new sys­tems that re­sem­ble the old ide­olo­gies of a dis­tant past.”

On Satur­day July 29, the Bay Walk Mall will play host to pan­el­lists who will dis­cuss this year’s theme from 5:00 p.m. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to at­tend and lend their voices to the evening’s dis­cus­sion.

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