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Contact: Amanda Faye Clarke

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 – In speaking at the recently held La Wenn ek Le Whah Creole Pageant (Junior King and Queen pageant), put on by the Helen Folk Dancers, former director of culture, Jacques Compton, says it is important that Saint Lucian youth learn the significant aspects of traditional Saint Lucian life that is worth preserving.

Mr. Compton says much could be done to improve the social landscape of Saint Lucia, should other cultural, social and youth-based organisations find creative ways to harness the boundless energy of young persons.

“This event is unique to Saint Lucia. It is unique in another way—especially with the involvement of children in the cultural affairs of this country. That is not something that is seen in many modern countries. It is by the participation of the youth in cultural programmes, the culture and traditions of a people are preserved and perpetuated,” Compton said.

Through the tireless efforts of the Director of the Helen Folk Dancers, Mrs. Theresa Hall, Mr. Compton says many Saint Lucian children have been exposed to traditional dance and other art forms, and have gained opportunities to proudly share Saint Lucian culture with the world, having performed locally and internationally.

The Helen Folk Dancers are now finalising logistics for an interesting array of youth-based cultural activities for Saint Lucia’s 31st Independence Day anniversary celebrations next year.

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