Efforts to build a greater appreciation for Dominica’s arts and culture continue as the Cultural Division gets ready to stage the 2012 Dominica Festival of Creative Arts- DOMFESTA.
The events scheduled to run from April 27 to June 1, 2012 will see the inclusion of a new activity this year- the DOMFESTA Creole song Contest.
Participants have been asked to compose and sing in the Creole language. This event is being done in collaboration with DBS Radio and Petro Caribe and will be held on Friday June 01st at the Arawak House of Culture.
Through the Alliances Francaise, two major musical shows with overseas artistes from France and the Congo will be staged.
In addition visiting drummers from India will perform on Saturday May 19, at the Arawak House of Culture.
DOMFESTA will also highlight two new plays- one directed by Alex Bruno- Teyat Pawol group and the other directed by Stevenson Hyacinth and performed by the New Dimension Theatre.
DOMFESTA was introduced by the Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council in 1983 and this year makes it the 29th year that such a festival is being held.
Two art exhibitions featuring a number of Dominican artistes will be staged-one at the Old Mill Culture Centre on Tuesday May 15 and the other at Tiffany’s in Canefield on the evening of Thursday May 17,f rom 6:30 p.m.
A Pork Festival organized by the Bagatelle Village Council which has become an official part of the DOMFESTA programme will this year be held on Saturday May 05th and Sunday May 06th in the community of Bagatelle.
The annual Creole Spelling Bee competition among primary schools will feature for the third time this year as part of DOMFESTA celebrations. The finals of that competition will be held at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday May 09 from 10:00 a.m.
A Caribbean movie from Antigua will be shown at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday May 11.
The Dame High Scorers Concert will be held on Sunday May 06th at the Fort Young Hotel. This event will feature students who have done particularly well in their music exams.
Dominica’s Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence at the official launch of the programme of activities said the festival was created to provide more opportunities for creative expression for the country’s artistes and to promote cultural exchange as well as closer regional integration.
He said this year the festival is being held under the theme, “Through culture we build a progressive and peaceful society”.
“We feel that culture has a very role to play in the development of the nation in providing a strong sense of identity, building our cultural industries, providing jobs and income opportunities for our people. Culture also has a role to play in uniting the nation and engaging our population in positive activities and in that way helps to curb crime and violence”.
This year DOMFESTA is being organized with the assistance of several partners including the Alliance Francaise, Digicel, Petro Caribe, DBS radio, Ross University school of Medicine, the Dominica Writer’s Guild, the National Pan Association, the New Dimension Theatre and Teyat Pawol.