Host venues for Jounen Kwéyòl an­nounced

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Prepa­ra­tions for Saint Lu­cia’s big­gest cul­tural fes­ti­val are in an ad­vanced stage. Un­der the di­rec­tion of the Folk Re­search Cen­tre (FRC), the most widely cel­e­brated cul­tural event in Saint Lu­cia, Jounen Kwéyòl, will this year take place on Sun­day, 29th Oc­to­ber.

The cel­e­bra­tion of Arts and Cre­ole Her­itage Month be­gins with a launch of the ac­tiv­ity on Sun­day, 24th Septem­ber at the Vieux Fort Square. A church ser­vice in Kwéyòl will her­ald the cel­e­bra­tion fol­lowed by a pa­rade of Cre­ole groups from the church to the square ac­com­pa­nied by Séwé­nal mu­sic. At the square will be the am­biance of a mini Jounen Kwéyòl fes­ti­val with dis­plays of Cre­ole tech­nolo­gies, vend­ing and en­ter­tain­ment.

Through­out the month of Oc­to­ber (rec­og­nized as Arts and Cre­ole Her­itage Month), ac­tiv­i­ties will be held by host com­mu­ni­ties to in­clude the Icon Se­ries, Fèt Mag­wit, Lawenn Kwéyòl pageant, Jen­nès pageant, Ditè Kwéyòl, Woulélaba, Fèsten Tan­bou and a Kwéyòl Mu­sic Fi­esta. There will also be art ex­hi­bi­tions, an artist mar­ket, mu­sic, sto­ry­telling and a po­etry fi­esta.

Jounen Kwéyòl, which is the brain­child of the Folk Re­search Cen­tre, is cel­e­brated in recog­ni­tion of Jounen Kwéyòl En­ton­nasy­onal (In­ter­na­tional Cre­ole Day) ob­served on Oc­to­ber 28th an­nu­ally.

The event aims to make Saint Lu­cian so­ci­ety aware of the strength and value of the Kwéyòl lan­guage and to as­sist in the un­der­stand­ing, preser­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment of its rich cul­tural re­sources.

The four host com­mu­ni­ties for Cre­ole Her­itage Month/ Jounen Kwéyòl 2017 are Babon­neau; Vieux Fort; La Res­source, Den­nery, and Marigot.

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