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Thursday,  October 29, 2009   Executive Director of the Folk Research Centre Dr. Kentry Jn. Pierre has expressed satisfaction with the manner in which Journen Kweyol was celebrated in the various communities on the island.


Jounen Kweyol, which was held on Sunday October 25, was the highlight of activities to commemorate Creole Heritage Month.


I was very impressed with the way people participated in the activity in Boguis, and  Vieux-Fort. I was very impressed as well with the other activities  in the other communities, like in Soufriere, Dennery, Marchand and those different places that had activities, that were not necessarily endorsed by the FRC. But the fact that you have activities happening spontaneously in all the different communities, very, very impressive, Jn. Pierre said. 


Meantime, Dr. Jn. Pierre has responded to the views shared by some individuals that the FRC might be fighting a losing cultural battle.


We cant be fighting a losing battle simply because the culture is so dynamic. If the culture was not changing, if there were not changes in the culture, then I would be afraid.  If there is no change in the culture, it means the culture is dying. The fact that you have a lot of change happening means that the culture is very vibrant and alive and so I am happy with that.


On Wednesday, the Folk Research Centre held a successful poem and folk music night at the Alliance Francaise.  Hon. Derek Walcott was among the many guests who attended the event, which was held in observance of International Creole Day observed annually on October 28.

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