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Wednesday 15 June 2011  After a solid launch at Pointe Seraphine—a new and exciting venue—organisers of Saint Lucia Carnival say the festival is poised to live up to the legendary spectacle that many people have grown to love.


Chairman of the Saint Lucia Carnival 2011 Stakeholders Committee, John Joseph, says this year’s festival will exemplify that Saint Lucians can once again rise in the face of severe challenges.


“I also want to publicly express my appreciation for the partnership that has occurred with the stakeholder committees as part of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF). I think we can look forward to the fruits of a very productive partnership and I daresay we will prove that as a country we have people that can rise above problems and solve our challenges. I would therefore like to ask our revellers, artistes, and all the people who make carnival happen to give off their best.”


Government’s allocation for carnival 2011 of $EC 1.1 million coupled with support from corporate Saint Lucia is expected to add significant value to this year’s events.


Speaking on behalf of the government of Saint Lucia, Attorney General, Senator the Honourable Lorenzo Francis, says government remains firmly supportive of the growth and development of Saint Lucia’s carnival.


“The Government of Saint Lucia views carnival as extremely important. Government recognises that it must advance the cultural activities within the country, so its important to not only grow the social and economic sectors or the human resources but its important to advance the cultural and artistic forms that exist within every person in the country; it is for that reason that we have injected additional funds into carnival this year. We have also established a special select committee and appointed a special technical task force to handle the execution of all events for the carnival season starting in 2011.”


Carnival 2011 will highlight the pulsating sounds and breathtaking sights of Saint Lucia’s culture over a month-long series of activities under the theme “Nothing Sweeter than Dat”.

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