March 05, 2008
The St. Johns Festival dubbed the St. Johns Fest is fast approaching and Special Advisor to Culture Mr. Halstead Byron made an early appeal to residents of the St Johns community to take advantage and become involved in the Festival that is slated for the Easter weekend.
He said in order to accommodate everyone in the community, the festive activities would not be held in one permanent place but would spread throughout the St Johns community.
The festive activities would commence on March 21st, at the Flats in Cole Hill, with the traditional kite flying contest and Food Fair on Good Friday.
An organised cure for Cancer Walk is scheduled among activities for Saturday March 22nd. During the evening hours a Queen and Calypso show competition is planned for Bath Village.
Activities for Sunday March 23rd would be at the Gazebo at Cox Village and will include a church service with a gospel concert featuring local artists.
The St Johns fest would culminate on Easter Monday, March 24th, at the Hard Courts in Brown Hill with a Bandarama.
Mr. Byron said “this kind of exposure would unearth and reveal talented youth in the community that would showcase their skills, craftsmanship and good designs.”
Area Representative for the St Johns parish Minister Hensley Daniel said, the Nevis Reformation Party government was committed to Cultural Development based on Ordinance passed in Parliament for the Nevis Cultural Development Foundation to be merged with the Department of Culture.
He said that in order to bring about great efficiency for the Department of Culture, a Board was established to manage the order of Administration and Management, Artistic Development, Research and Documentation and Festivals.
Minister Daniel and Mr. Byron indicated that the festival was organised for the youths to keep them involved in cultural activities throughout the year.