Golden Drum, special awardees 2015 announced

Gerard Langlais of the Kalinago Territory is among the Golden Drum awardees
Gerard Langlais of the Kalinago Territory is among the Golden Drum awardees

The National Cultural Council and the Division of Culture announce the recipients of the Golden Drum Award and Special Recognition Award for 2015.

The Golden Drum Awardees are:

-Jerry Coipel of Kings Hill – Development & Promotion of Theatre Arts
-Costume Builders Mas Camp – Development & Promotion of Carnival Arts
-Creative Dynamix – Development & Promotion of Carnival Arts
-Hans Francis of Petite Savanne – Preservation & Promotion of Traditional Music
-Gerard Langlais of Bataca, Kalinago Territory- Preservation & Promotion of Indigenous Culture
-Tradibelle Cultural Group of Grand Bay – Preservation and Promotion of Traditonal Arts

The Special Recognition Awardees are:

-Orlando Cuffy of Canefield – Excellence in Wood Carving
-Patricia Cuffy of Bath Estate – Development of pageantry
-Thomas Defoe of Grand Bay – Development and Promotion of Traditional Drumming
-Bella Leatham of Grand Bay – Promotion of Traditional Culture and Pageantry
-Tasha Peltier of Canefield – Excellence in Music Performance
-Melanie Timothy of Bataca, Kalinago Territory – Excellence in Garment Design & Production

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 August 1, 2015 at 8.00 p.m. under the patronage of His Excellency the President Charles Savarin.

The Ceremony promises to be a grander event compared to previous years and will feature performances by award winners and other local artistes.

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  1. Yes iii
    August 2, 2015

    But how can theu have someone receiving an award…the person’s name on dno even on radio calling and they yet to receive am invitation to pick up their award. So all you does do things in Dominica? They yet to get in contact with the person and let them know they have an award to get. Is on road the person hearing they have an award to get. Some people they have in these positions I don’t know how they reach there.

  2. proud
    August 1, 2015

    The others will get their turn. Congrats Melanie for a job well done!

  3. spying
    August 1, 2015

    question how did Tasha Petlier make that list, just asking, what are her achievements and contribution to music in Dominica and her contribution in promotion our music and arts overseas and for how long. DNO this is a story you have to pursue, DNO must present the public with a bio of all recipients of awards before the actual ceremony. this is nonsense.

  4. Just Me
    July 31, 2015

    What is the criteria for the special recognition awards?

  5. Me
    July 31, 2015

    Congratulations. Especially to Melanie Timothy. One of her most outstanding pieces is the best dress of 2014 worn by Donella Riviera of Roseau who placed 2st runner up in the Carnival queen contest. But there are many persons who have been in this business and have contributed so much and continue to do so….before and more than some of those getting the recognition eg Juanita Fluffy Jules and Hagana Dorival.

    • Me
      July 31, 2015

      Donella was 1st runner up. 2nd place. Best dress and best in dress.

  6. Paula
    July 31, 2015

    I am sorry to see that although many nominations were submitted that Levi Super L Loblack did not receive any recognition this year for his more than 30 years promoting Dominica nationally and internationally

    • July 31, 2015

      the award is not a one off, his turn may come

  7. yo
    July 31, 2015

    Congrats Mel, u deserve it.

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