Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence says the occasion of the celebration of emancipation should be used to re-energize our commitment to promote the positive aspect of Dominica’s culture.
This year’s Emancipation celebrations officially opened on Tuesday night. Lawrence was addressing the Golden Drum Awards ceremony at the Arawak House of Culture last night.
The annual Golden Drum Awards is meant to honour those who have played important roles in cultural development in Dominica.
Lawrence said culture is education, heritage, industry, music, dance, drama, language and several other aspects.
“We cannot take one aspect of culture and say this is it. We always have to bear in mind that culture is very broad and it embraces many aspects of our life,” he added.
Culture Minister Justina Charles said the country’s cultural development influences every aspect of life in Dominica and there are many persons and groups who through the years have given off their time and talents towards the enhancement and preservation of culture.
Golden Drum Awards went to:
1. Abilities unlimited – Preservation & development of craft
2. Marie Davis Pierre – Development of choral music
3. Carib Chief Garnette Joseph – Preservation of kalinago culture
4. Gregory Rabess – Preservation of traditional culture
5. New Dimension Theatre – Development and promotion of drama
Special Recognition Awards went to:
1. Damien Bellot – Graphic Design
2. Priscilla Darroux – Traditional Dance
3. Dorelle Diolen – Creative Dance
4. Chester “Daddy Chess” Letang – Calypso
5. Miranda Langlais – Preservation of the kalinago culture
6. Gerard Labglais – Preservation of the kalinago culture
7. Ras Bobby Olivacce’ – Preservation of traditional medicine
8. Nelly Stharre – Development of popular music
Guest performers at the event were the Sisserou Singers, the Karina Cultural Group, Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company, Dubique Cultural Group, Daddy Chess, Tasha P and the Paix Bouche Drummers.
Kamala Jno. Baptiste-Aaron was the MC for the night.
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