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Contact: Cultural Development Foundation

July 28, 2003 — Saint Lucia — The Cultural Development Foundation is excited about this year’s activities and events planned to observe Emancipation Day Celebrations 2003. Held under the theme Sélébwé Libčté, it is anticipated that the scheduled events will be very dynamic this year.

Leading towards Emancipation Day with Kids Summer Workshops organized in Castries, Soufriere, Micoud and Babonneau, a series of activities will be held on Friday August 1st islandwide, thereby commencing the month long celebration of Emancipation 2003. These are the Flor Bwa Gaya Awards organized by Soufriere Action Theatre at the Soufriere Waterfront from 1:00 pm; a musical concert organized by Rastafari Sound Chamber from 1:00 pm at Rodney Bay Marina, the Esoteric Drum Ensemble’s performaiice of Afro Caribbean Pot pourri directed by Athanatius La l3orde will be staged at the National Cultural Centre at 8:00pm.

On August 2 the Creole Theatre Workshops presents Derek Wa1cott s Henri Christophe directed by Travis Weeks from 8:00 pm at the National Cultural Centre and the final dramatic presentation, the Hustlers written by Gandoiph St. Clair and Robert Lee will be performed by Stone Productions and directed by Hayden Forde, on Sunday August 3 at the National Cultural centre from 8:00 pm. These three performances will be adjudicated for Saint Lucia’s representations at Carifesta VIII in Suriname. Carifesta VIII will be hosted under the theme “Many Cultures the Essence of Togetherness, the Spirit of the Caribbean.”

The Emancipation programme is further enhanced with a Visual and Literary Arts Exhibition commencing on Monday July 28 and concluding on August 2nd as the Castries City Hall from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. The general public is invited to view local exhibits which will also be on display during Carifesta in Suriname.

The project Sarafina forms a major and significant part of the Emancipation programme this year. This is an internationally acclaimed musical based on traumatic events at a High School in Soweto during Apartheid in 1976.

The project aims to provide training opportunities for young persons in Saint Lucia and to expose experienced theatrical personnel to the intricacies of producing professional Musical Theatre. Additionally the project seeks to develop an awareness among the public, especially teenagers of the need for tolerance to those who are different and the importance of emancipating oneself from prejudices.

Sarafina opens on Wednesday August 20 and runs through September 13th to accommodate school, gala and benefit concerts. The production will also be staged in the Vieux-Fort in collaboration with Labowi Promotions on September 13 at 7:00 pm.

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