Felix Henderson, DBS Radio, the Capuchin Cultural Group and Freddy Nicholas will be presented with Golden Drum Awards as part of the 2012 Emancipation celebrations in Dominica.
This has been confirmed by Cultural Projects officer attached to the Cultural Division, Gregory Rabess.
Several individuals and organizations will also be given special recognition during the celebrations. “Additionally, special recognition awards will be given to the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers, Alex Bruno, The Flamboyant Dancers, Michelle Raffoul and Genesis Steel orchestra,” Rabess said.
The 2012 Emancipation celebrations, which according to Rabess, will have a strong African theme, kick off on Tuesday with an African showcase at the Old Mill Cultural Center.
“The focus on Emancipation 2012 is on Africa and the African Showcase is going to be a very interesting event. We have teamed up with a number of African nationals resident in Dominica and we are going to put on a display of African fashion, art and craft and cuisine,” he said.
The Emancipation activities will continue on Wednesday August 1, with the Golden Drum Awards ceremony to be held at the Arawak House of Culture from 8:00 pm.
Rabess says this year the traditional night will be held in Mahaut on Friday, August 3.
“The traditional night has been incorporated into activities for the 2012 Mahaut Reunion celebrations. Every year we have a traditional night, with a special focus on the drums and bèlè and this year is no exception,” he pointed out.
Rabess said a major highlight of this year’s Emancipation celebrations will be the Emancipation Hike which is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 4.
“The emancipation hike will take place on segment five of the Waitukubuli National Trail which stretches from Pond Case into Castle Bruce,” he noted.
The Nature Island Book Fair and Literary Festival at the UWI Open Campus from August 10 to 12 will bring the curtains down on the 2012 Emancipation Celebrations.
A number of distinguished writers are expected to be a part of this literary exposition.