New Cultural Development Foundation For Nevis

Charlestown, Nevis
March 27, 2008

There is going to be a bright future for fine Arts in Nevis.  That statement was made by Premier of Nevis the Hon. Joseph Parry on Tuesday March 25, 2008, while he officially launched the Nevis Cultural Development Foundation during a ceremony dotted with Nevisian folklore, dance and music at a ceremony which took place at the Nevis Cultural Center.
Mr. Parry said the establishment of the Foundation had become necessary to relieve Government from continually subsidising cultural activities.  He said too that it would also be able to access regional and international funding for the development of culture and arts.
“This Foundation will be able to mobilise resources from public and private sector institutions. Additionally, the Foundation will bridge the gap between Culturama and culture, that is, we believe that culture and cultural activities should give the fillip to Culturama.  The Foundation will ensure that there is no duplication of resources and staff and will maximise human and financial resources.
“There is going to be a bright future for the Fine Arts in Nevis and as you may know, there is money to be made from the arts, especially with its link to tourism. Cultural activities, masquerades, dance and drama will only boost our tourism,” he said.

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Nevis Premier Declares History & Heritage Week Open

Charlestown, Nevis
February 20, 2008

The Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry, declared Nevis History and Heritage Week launched. He made the declaration in a brief address to the nation via television and radio on Monday, February 18th, 2008.

The theme chosen for this year is “Celebrating Our Religious Heritage”.

In his address, Mr. Parry pointed out that religion plays a major role in our history. “When we talk about religion what do we mean? The religion of some of the planters was Anglican and the Africans brought their native religion.  However, it was the Moravians and the Methodists who assisted in ending the slave trade and who taught education to ex-slaves after 1834 and they helped to establish education as we know it today. This is important for us to know,” said Mr. Parry.

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