Chief Cultural Officer encourages the public to embrace the 32nd Independence Celebrations
A National Coconut Festival and a Creole Food Fest and Fashion Show are two of the many activities slated to mark Dominica’s 32nd Independence Celebrations which will be celebrated from September 25th to November 4th 2010, under the theme “Creating Opportunities, Empowering Communities’. Chief Cultural Officer, Mr. Raymond Lawrence said that Dominica’s Independence Celebrations is one that Dominicans should be very proud of as he highlighted some activities which will be complimenting the event.
He said, “we will begin the independence celebrations with the official launch which will take place on September 5th 2010 from 5 pm. Some addresses are expected from the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Honourable Justina Charles and Honorable Gloria Shillingford. The opening ceremony will showcase some of Dominica’s best performing talents and their will also be an arts and craft exhibition which will be opened for the public to view.”
National History Week will also form part of the 32nd Independence Celebrations which will run from October 11th to 15th, 2010 under the theme ‘local cuisine- mange kweyol’.
“The theme is meant to encourage the nation to eat what we grow. Our food grown in Dominica is very healthy and when we eat what we grow we help the farmers and the economy as well. One of the reasons why we have so many centenarians is because of our food. So we need to look at the important qualities of our local food and encourage the consumption of it,” said the cultural officer.
Mr. Lawrence encouraged the public to embrace and support all the activities that are scheduled to mark this year’s Independence Celebrations as he urged them to dress in their national wear not only on Creole Day but every Fridays during the month of October.
“I would like Dominicans to dress in their creole wear especially on Creole Day and at special occasions. Our creole wear has been a highlight to visitors and we should never allow that aspect of out culture to disappear,” Mr Lawrence said.