The first ever National Coconut Art and Craft Exhibition opened Monday night at the Old Mill Cultural Centre as part of the ongoing Independence celebrations.

The event’s launch, which boasts a variety of locally made coconut products, coincides with the opening of Dominica History Week. It will run for the next two weeks, culminating on Friday, October 22.

With two floors of coconut inspired oils, food, jewelry, brooms, clothing, medicine, soaps, art and craft, the Old Mill Cultural Centre lays claim to the Dominican tradition as known by its forefathers.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Justina Charles said she was impressed with not only the presentation but also the diversity of products on show.

“I am honestly impressed by what I’ve seen. We need to get those products on the Bay Front,” she said.

Charles along with other ministers of government, including the minister of tourism, and prominent members of the Dominican society were present to make the historic launch.

The minster has urged Dominicans to strive to develop a greater sense of appreciation and support for local products. “This can be used to enhance our tourism industry and our economy,” Charles said.

Meanwhile, Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence offered his personal congratulations to the organizers for an exceptional presentation and has called on the schools to use the next two weeks to reinforce the values of culture in the nation’s youth, with particular focus on its food and nutrition.

Lawrence has also called on teachers to organize trips for their students, giving them the opportunity to  see what their country can produce.

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