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Season of Emancipation Activities for May

Barbadians will get the chance to reflect, honour and rejoice the victories of their ancestors when numerous activities are staged this month as a part of the Season of Emancipation.

On Sunday, May 15, designated International Day of Families, Rock Hall Freedom Park, St. Thomas, will come alive with the sweet aroma of tasty indigenous food, music and cultural performances, at a heritage fair to be held from 2 to 9 p.m.

The highlight of the evening’s celebrations shall be a concert honouring spouge greats, Jackie Opel and Draytons Two, amongst others. There will even be a special “oldie goldie” session with Larry Mayers and DJ Captain Bubbler.

Consistent with the theme of the celebrations, local creatives can have the chance to craft essentially the most creative concept that depicts the journey of the family, with the launch of the National Heroes Square Monument Design Competition, also on May 15. There shall be attractive prizes up for grabs and the winning piece shall be erected in National Heroes Square.

As well as, on that day there shall be a virtual Youth Speak roundtable discussion on the Role and Importance of Families, to be aired on CBC TV8.

On Saturday, May 21, designated as World Day of Cultural Diversity, the general public is invited to a world cultural event to be held in Golden Square Freedom Park, the City, from 11 a.m. to six p.m.

Patrons can sample dishes from 12 countries, in addition to from local culinary experts.  There will even be entertainment and humanities and craft booths.

The activities for the month of May will culminate on Wednesday, May 25, designated as Africa Day, with two events. The primary event shall be the National Library Service’s Africa Day Story Hour entitled: Under the Casuarina Trees, at Farley Hill National Park, St. Peter, starting at 10 a.m.

100 students from the All Saints, Roland Edwards, Wilkie Cumberbatch and St. Mary’s primary schools will hear stories on African traditions from Dean of the Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Dr. David Akombo.

Later within the day starting at 6 p.m., shall be the Roots Experience Fashion Show, in Golden Square Freedom Park.

Minister with responsibility for Culture, Senator Dr. Shantal Munro-Knight, said the Season of Emancipation was designed to not only pay homage to the struggles and victories of our ancestors, but in addition to unite the nation within the shared interest of rekindling the spirit of community.

“The activities are intended to bring communities, families and artistes together. We encourage all Barbadians to return out and take part in our activities in the course of the month of May and throughout the Season.

“The Division of Culture is committed throughout this Season to make sure that we not only touch on all facets of our culture and heritage but in addition to to rejoice the expansion that has taken place over time,” she stated.

All COVID-19 Protocols shall be in effect on the events.

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