The National Cultural Council and the Cultural Division have announced the awardees for this year’s Golden Drum Awards and also the Special Recognition Awards.
The Golden Drum Award will be presented to Purcell Christian for Music Education and Performance, Prosper Paris for the preservation of Kalinago culture, The Alfred Family of Giraudel for floriculture and floral decoration, Ian Jackson for the promotion of music and Creative Writing and Elue Alexander for the preservation of traditional culture.
The Special Recognition Awards will be presented to Dennison ‘Dice’ Joseph for his outstanding achievement in calypso, Nadira Lando for her outstanding achievement in queen pageantry, Lennox Alexander for Development and promotion of Steelpan Music, Cedric Phillip for the development and promotion of choral music and Birdy Phillip for the preservation of traditional dance.
The awards will be presented at the Golden Drum Awards ceremony scheduled to be held on Tuesday July 30th from 8 pm at the Arawak House of Culture.
This year’s Emancipation Celebrations carded for July 30th to August 11th will also feature the Unveiling of the Emancipation Monument at a ceremony at the Peebles Park on Thursday August 1st 2013 from 4.30 pm.
There will also be an Emancipation hike along segment 5 of the Waitukubuli National Trail which has been scheduled for Saturday August 3rd. The hike is being undertaken in collaboration with the Waitukubuli National Trail.
A new event this year will be the Eggleston Heritage Festival which will run from Saturday August 3rd to 5th at Eggleston. The festival will highlight some of the aspects of the heritage of both Eggleston and Giraudel.
The Emancipation Celebration will culminate with the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair to be held from August 9th to 11th at the UWI Open Campus. The Literary Festival will feature a range of Dominican and regional authors and poets with a special tribute to the late Aime Cesaire of Martinique.
August 1st, 2013 marks the 179th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Dominica and other countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean.