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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - Executive Director of the Cultural Development Foundation, the CDF, Teddy Francis, says that this year the foundation will be introducing several new activities to St. Lucia’s carnival. This, he noted, is all in an effort to ensure that carnival becomes even more marketable and attractive to visitors. However, Francis says the CDF will ensure that the authenticity of this premier event is not compromised.

“ We need to express ourselves in our own way, in our own unique St. Lucian and Caribbean way but at every opportunity there must be the occasion for development of artistry, true talent and it must be based at every turn on culture and tradition, ” Francis said.

One of the new events on this year’s carnival calendar includes an inter-commercial house competition. This, according to Francis, is to ensure that all strata of society participate in carnival. Some of the other activities include a Caribbean Carnival Expose, the Caribbean Calypso Queen competition, and a Caribbean Ex-tempo competition.

Minister for Culture, Honourable Menissa Rambally, says that the collaboration of all stakeholders is critical to the overall development and success of carnival. Stakeholders, she insisted, must look at the wider context of carnival in terms of its contribution to the island’s cultural and social development.


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