The National Cultural Council and the Division of Culture are pleased to announce the recipients of the Golden Drum Award and Special Recognition Award for 2016.
Five persons are to receive the Golden Drum Award. They are Mr. Stephen Drigo, for Development and Promotion of Traditional Music; Ms. Pearle Christian for Excellence in Music Education and Promotion of Choral Music; Mrs. Catherine Miranda Langlais for Preservation & Promotion of Indigenous Culture; Mr. Levi “Super L” Loblack for Excellence in Music and Mrs. Regina Walsh for Promotion of Pageantry.
The Special Recognition Awardees are Mr. Craig Bellot for promotion of Music; Mr. Hilroy Fingal for Excellence in Art; Mr. Ivon George for Development and Promotion of Traditional Dance; Mr. Carlton Henry for promotion of Traditional Culture and Pageantry; the Performing Arts Workshop for promotion and development of Dance and Pageantry and the St. Alphonsus Junior Choir for excellence in Choral Music.
The Golden Drum Award is issued to individuals, groups or institutions that have made outstanding contributions to the development of art and culture spanning at least twenty years. The Golden Drum is Dominica’s top cultural award. Between three and five awards are issued annually.
The Golden Drum Award was instituted in 1982.
The Special Recognition Award is issued to those who have made special contributions in culture over a period of time generally between ten and twenty years and to those who have achieved notable successes in a particular field of arts and culture. This award serves as recognition of their efforts and motivates them to continue contributing to the development of culture.
This year’s award winners will receive their awards at the Golden Drum Award Ceremony scheduled to take place at the Arawak House of Culture on Saturday July 30, 2016 at 8.00 p.m. under the patronage of His Excellency the President Charles Savarin. The Ceremony is a red carpet event and will feature performances by award winners and other local artistes.