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      • Breadfruit and Breadnut Festival in commemoration of Emancipation

By Caribbean News Global contributor

CASTRIES, St Lucia – The Parish of Holy Trinity Church and St Mary the Virgin, observes Emancipation for a second time with a special church service on Sunday, July 31 at 8.30 am.

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church is further encouraged as a result of the announcement by the government of Saint Lucia that it will provide greater support to the observance of the Emancipation Day celebrations in 2022 “ Emancipation Day 2022, will not be just another holiday”, said prime minister Philip Pierre, August  2021.

Following the Church service, patrons will witness the blessing of the exhibition. The commemoration will feature a major six-day exhibition till 6 August 2022, at the historical Anglican School Annex. The event starts each day at 9.00 am till 6.00 pm.

The commemoration will take the form of an exhibition including four sub-themes:

Theme 1:   Historical background on Slavery and Emancipation via portrayal and educational medium including discussion and lectures on Indigenous Peoples.

Theme 2:    Food, Nutrition Security and Culinary benefits.

Theme 3:    Manufactured items and uses of Bread-fruit and Breadnut (Bwapen ek Chatany).

Theme 4:    The Way Forward with Future: Research and Sustainability of the Programme.

The exhibition will feature several cottage-type branded products inclusive of wine and liqueur from Breadfruit and Breadnut compliment Rosemonds wine, award-winning and VELS Muti services and the Caribbean Draft Distilling.

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The other branded products from Breadfruit are jellies and confectionery from MISS STROSE CREOLE DELIGHT, soap from EBON SAVON, Breadfruit flour and several bi-products from the members of the St Lucia Network of Rural Women Producers (Babonneau and Micoud Cluster) and Island Pops with the famous Breadfruit flavoured popsicles.

Two innovative cottage-type operations will be featured at the Breadfruit Festival

The St Lucia National Archives is providing support featuring the display of the historical artifact and historical data. The famous calypsonian OSHUN will display some of her artistic paintings and artwork at the exhibition.

The Breadfruit Festival: Lectures on African descent and indigenous people

On Wednesday 3 August at 05:30 pm, Albert Deterville Kayosyala Institute for Indigenous Peoples will deliver a lecture, Drawing from the Manifestations of Post Slavery with a view to avoiding its occurrence.

The other lecture will be delivered by Nkrumah Lucien who will speak on the subject at 10:00 am, Saturday 6 August on the Theme “Sankofa and Reparations: The Past is Present”.

All lectures are of 90 minutes in duration and will be delivered at the Anglican Church.

The observation will feature folk entertainment and folk dance Kwi Band from Micoud, the Major Tones on the 1 August, Monday as well as Friday and Saturday 5 and 6 August 2022.

The event strategic management team is also most appreciative of the major endorsement from St Augustine, University of the West Indies, Trinidad. A booth will feature digital material highlighting the research work undertaken by The UWI over 30- years. The university has also offered to work with the organisers with programmes. The local department of forestry of the ministry of agriculture will also be featured at the Exhibition –plants will be on sale.

The general public and the summer schools are specially invited to visit the exhibition. There is no admission fee.

The commemorative event obtained support from the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the St Lucia government and the St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies. Detailed Eye Architectural and Interior Services, FRIEETAD in the OECS Inc, St Lucia Electricity Services Limited, (LUCELEC) and Caribbean News Global, (CNG).

A variety of Breadfruit delicacies will be on sale and display for the duration of the event.

For enquiries, please contact David Jordan: (758) 285 3260 and Cecil Charles (758) 730 0286. The Anglican Rectory (758) 452 4485: Email: chairmanfrieetad@gmail.com

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