Welcome to the latest update of the Culturama activities. I’m proud to be the official blogger covering the festivities on Nevis for the next few weeks. As a Brit who has family roots on the island, I will be giving a “local foreigner” perspective of “de Caribbean’s greatest summer lime!”
Some will say Nevis is boring, however, Culturama 43 is warming up nicely! Thanks to the competition winner, the C43 slogan is Our Festival, Our Legacy, Culturama 43!
The official Culturama activities are from July 27th to August 8th and there is a big programme of events. To get us warmed up, there are also pre activities to get everyone in the spirit. The last time I experienced Culturama was in 2008. I’m excited, are you?
On Friday 7 July I headed to Charlestown for “Bacchanal Corner”. I arrived in the square in Charlestown around 5pm. By this time, the square was filled with people around the stage where there were a number of performances into the early evening. Not even a bit of rain stopped the lime. To see the photos from the event click here.
Some of the talent who graced the stage included soca monarch contests who performed what could be their award wining songs. Delly Ranks from Kore band performed as the sun set. DJ Woodis and Selecta Mad performed into the early evening. They had the crowd saying “WOOTUP! – That’s a file”. The infamous Odisi band went on to fill the streets with their sound for the rest of the evening.
Platinum sponsors FLOW had a tent next to the stage where customers who topped up received a blue FLOW t-shirt. These customers were entered into a prize draw where one lucky winner won a new Samsung phone. There were peope all over town wearing their new blue t-shirts, who doesn’t love a freebie?!
On Sunday 9 July, all roads led to the Caribbean Cove for the reveal of the Talented Youth Pageant contestants. Starting at the petrol station, soca monarch contestant Delly Ranks led the youths up to the Cove to begin the celebrations for the Mr. & Ms. Talented Youth Pageant Turning 30.
The St. Kitts Junior Defense Force drummers who followed the parade had a lot of energy in their performance. They are definitely ones to look out for. The remaining young people came out in their sections, with bright colours or accessories to compliment their outfits.
When we arrived at the Cove, Delly started to perform on stage but the current soon went out. That’s a file! It wasn’t long before the Jr Defense Force band was again on stage, to entertain the crowd while the technical crew got things up and running again.
The first ever Talented Youth winner Virgil Browne made an appearance on stage 30 years after winning the first ever competition. Virgil wished all of the schools in the competition well. The pageant contestants included a male and female student each, representing eight of the nine primary schools this year. Similarly to the poplar Inter Primary Sports, parents came out to support their children and representative schools. The Pageant is scheduled for July 30, at the newly refurbished Nevis Cultural Complex.
The junior calypsonians also made an appearance and introduced themselves with A LOT of confidence. The reigning calypsonian king boldly told the audience that he would be keeping the crown. This is a show not to be missed as these young people have a lot of energy. They take the stage after the official opening of Culturama on July 27th
At the end of the youth show was the unveiling of the Fun Lovers costume troupe, where models showed off their bright feathers in a number of band sections.
Overall the Mr. & Ms. Talented Youth Pageant launch was a success. Despite the technical difficulties, mainly due to the current going down, the show started a little later than advertised but the crowd was kept entertained with performances, short speeches, the introduction of the young contestants and musical entertainment.
Next stop – head down to the re-opening of the Cultural Village and Culturama Bingo on July 14 at 7:30pm. Randy Jeffers of Lime Bar and Grill will lead three bingo games for a chance to win up to $15,000.
Up and coming pre-activity events include:
• Friday July 14th Cultural Village Re-opening and Culturama Bingo, 7:30 pm
• Saturday July 15th Senior Kaiso Fiesta, 8 pm
• Friday July 21st Bacchanal Corner, 4 pm and Culturama 43 Wet Fete 9 pm
Don’t forget to check the calendar for more information.
The “LOCAL FOREIGNER”
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