Several Dominicans were recognized for their outstanding work in the cultural arena at the annual Golden Drum Awards and Concert last night.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence, said the recipients were being awarded because their work has made an impact on the cultural aspect of Dominica.
He said the awards is a wonderful way of showing appreciation for work well done.
“This ceremony this evening is a very important occasion because it recognizes achievement in the field of cultural development in Dominica,” he said.
Lawrence also urged the awardees to continue doing the good work.
Elue Alexander received the award for preservation of traditional culture; the Alfred family of Giraudel received the award for floriculture and floral decoration, Purcell Christian for music education and performance and Ian Jackson for music and creative writing.
Prosper Paris also received the golden drum award for preservation of the indigenous culture.
The Golden Drum Awards were presented by the President of Dominica, Eluid Williams.
Special Recognition Awards were also given to several people for their input in culture.
They are Dennison “King Dice” Joseph for development of calypso, Lennox Alexander for development and promotion of steel pan music, Nadira Lando for carnival queen pageantry, Birdy Phillip for preservation of traditional dance and Cedric Phillip for development and promotion of choral music.
The Special Recognition Awards were presented by the Minister for Culture Justina Charles.
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