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Wednesday, August 04, 2004 – The village of Laborie has received recognition for being one of the strong cultural footholds on the island. The Praise was bestowed on the village by Minister for Social Transformation, Honourable Menissa Rambally. She was at the time addressing the community and visitors at Emancipation Day activities at the Laborie Square.

The cultural event, which was organised by Labowi Promotions with support from the Cultural Development Foundation and the Alliance Française was described the Minister as proof that St. Lucian heritage was being preserved and developed in the Laborie community.

Calling on community members to applaud themselves for the outstanding work, which they were doing in terms of cultural development, Minister Rambally acknowledge the people of Laborie for ensuring that aspects of the island’s cultural life were given special significance. She said that Laborie had become well known for ensuring true meaningful celebrations and observances.

The Minister spoke to Laborie’s participation in other national events, such as St. Lucia Jazz and Jounen Kweyol, noting that the community had created a cultural niche market: “You are fast becoming home to those special niche activities. My guess is that the people of Laborie stand to benefit significantly from these types of activities. Though you may think that your initiatives are small, I am sure that in the long run they will tremendously benefit your community”.

Emancipation Day activities in Laborie featured Bou Mohammed Ndiaye, a traditional drummer from Senegal, West Africa, who has played with many top international artists, including Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones. There were also top cultural artistes from the South of the island.

The theme of this year’s Emancipation Day in Laborie was “Celebrating All Freedoms”. It was chosen to commemorate the abolition of slavery, but also to relate this commemoration to the liberation of all citizens and to the need to preserve freedom in all aspects of modern life.

Labowi Promotions has been commemorating Emancipation Day for the past three years. Last year, the group hosted performances of the popular musical Sarafina. In 2002, it organised a panel discussion on the theme “1834-2002: Rights and Freedom. What have we gained? What do we still need to gain?”



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