Caribbean Leaders On Guyana And Belize Sovereignty

Secretary General of CARICOM – Dr. Edward Carrington Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis March 15, 2009 (CUOPM) The border issues between Guyana and Venezuela and Belize and Guatemala were discussed in Belmopan by Caribbean Heads of Government during the just-concluded …

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Nevis Island Benefits From Carifesta X (10)

CARIFESTA 10 - Guyana - 2008

CARIFESTA 10 – Guyana – 2008

Charlestown, Nevis
September 09, 2008

Chairman of the Nevis Cultural Development Foundation (NCDF) Mr. Halsted “Sooty” Byron described Nevis’ participation in the recently concluded Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta) X in Guyana, as one which benefited the island and its young performers.

Mr. Byron, who headed the delegation from St. Kitts and Nevis, made the comment when he spoke to the Department of Information on September 09, 2008, following their return to Nevis on September 02, 2008. Out of the 10 masqueraders who performed, Mr. Byron said five were below the age of 18 but the NCDF thought it was important to give them the exposure because too often the impact of the art form outside of Nevis was not realised.

“We thought it was important to give them the exposure so that they can see for themselves the kind of impact that the masquerades can have on people outside of Nevis. I don’t think our young people whether they are performers or not really appreciate the significance and the importance of the masquerades and other folklore.

“When they get a chance to go away to other places and they see how people receive the masquerades, how people react to the performances, the kind of appreciation that is shown when the dances and the music are performed, the young people get a different perspective on the art form and they begin to look at it in a different light because it is something that is distinctly Nevisian,” he said and added, “I think that is the greatest benefit that any young person can get from participating in Carifesta, from learning the significance and importance of the masquerades but generally, I thought, the young people as well as the older ones got a chance to interact with other performers.

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St. Kitts – Nevis Impresses At CARIFESTA X

CARIFESTA 2008 Guyana

St. Kitts – Nevis  @ CARIFESTA 2008 Guyana

Basseterre, St. Kitts
September 05, 2008 (SKNIS)

The Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture is beaming with pride having received rave reviews from organizers and patrons about the Federation’s cultural ambassadors that participated in the 10th Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) in Guyana.

A 29-member delegation headed by Mr. Halstead Byron, Special Advisor of Culture in Nevis, participated in various activities of the August 22 to 31 event. Performers in the delegation included a group of 13 masquerades from Nevis as well as 12 dancers and drummers from the Okolo Tegremantine Arts Theater from St. Kitts.

The entertainers showcased their talent at Festival City on Saturday 23; during Country Night at the Main Stage of the Grand Market on Tuesday 26; and at the Night of Caribbean Folk Dance at City Hall on Wednesday 27, as well as at several other occasions.

Dance Specialist at the Department of Culture Lorna “˜Ava’ Henry told SKNIS that the St. Kitts and Nevis contingent was well received and the crowds were excited by the spirited presentations. News media reports reflected that the delegation was indeed a crowd favourite wherever they performed.

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