Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - Three main theatrical groups on the island will
vie for the opportunity to represent St. Lucia at this year’s Carifesta VIII,
which will be held in Suriname from August 25th to 30th. Each will stage plays
at the National Cultural Centre, under the supervision of three adjudicators.
The adjudicators will be guided by set criteria in order to select the winning
play which will become St. Lucia’s production for Carifesta 2003.
Programme Manager of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), Lyndel Archibald
says, based on activities planned for the run–up to the event, locals will get
the first taste of the productions.
There will be three productions put on at the National Cultural Centre from the
first to the third of August. The productions are a piece of work from the group
Esoteric Drum Ensemble entitled “Afro-Caribbean Potpouri”, directed by
Athanasuis La Borde. The second production from Creole Theatre Workshop is
“Henri Christophe” directed by Travis Weeks, whilst the third production by
Stone Productions, “Hustlers”, is directed by Hayden Forde.
On Friday August 1st, the Esoteric Drum Ensemble presents Afro-Caribbean
Potpourri at 8:00 pm followed by Derek Walcott’s Henri Christophe on Saturday
August 2nd and on Sunday August 3rd, from 6:00 p.m., Stone Productions will
stage a portrayal of the St. Lucian Urban Ghetto.
As of Monday July 28th, the CDF has mounted a Carifesta Mini-Festival at the
Castries City Hall featuring works in the visual arts, literature and theatre.
The visual arts exhibition will also be judged, and the adjudicators’ choices
will form part of St.Lucia’s artistic presentation.
This year’s Carifesta will be held under the theme “Many Cultures, the Essence
of Togetherness, the Spirit of the Caribbean”.