Several groups and individuals recognized for their major contributions towards Culture
Several groups and individuals who have excelled in their field over the years were recognized, when the National Cultural Council and the Cultural Civision hosted their annual Golden Drum Awards Ceremony, on Wednesday July 28th, 2010 at the Arawak House of Culture, as part of the 2010 Emancipation Celebrations. The awards ceremony, which has been in existence since 1984, is geared at recognizing deserving individuals for their major contributions towards the development of arts and culture, in Dominica.
Chief Cultural Officer, Mr. Raymond Lawrence congratulated all the awardees and urged them to continue the good work in preserving and promoting Dominica’s culture. He appealed to the citizens of Dominica to use this year’s emancipation celebrations as an opportunity to renew their commitment to promote the positive aspects of Dominica’s cultural heritage.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Honourable Justina Charles also called on Dominicans to preserve and embrace their history.
Golden Drum Awards were presented to abilities unlimited, in recognition of its’ work in Craft Development, Carib Chief Garnette Joseph for the preservation of Kalinago culture, Marie Davis Pierre for her contribution to the development and promotion of choral music, Gregory Rabess for the preservation and promotion of Traditional Culture and The New Dimension Theatre for the development and promotion of Drama. Special Recognition Awards were also presented to Daddy Chess for his promotion of Calypso, Nelly Stharre for the promotion of Popular Music, Ras Bobby Olivacce for the preservation of Traditional Medicine, Damien Bellot for graphic designs, Priscilla Darroux for Traditional Dance, Dorelle Diolen for creative dance and Miranda and Gerard Langlais for the preservation and promotion of Kalinago Culture.