Six Golden Drum and six Special Recognition Awards will be presented as part of the 2018 Emancipation celebration.
The annual celebration is an opportunity for the Division of Culture to create greater awareness about the significance of and abolition of slavery.
Emancipation, which will be observed from 27 July to 4 August under the theme ‘Building A Culture Of Unity’, was launched at the Old Mill Cultural Centre in Canefield on Wednesday 18 July 2018.
For the first time, the awardees were announced during the launching ceremony.
Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence announced the that Michele Henderson, Cornell Phillip, Aileen Burton, The Mighty Picky, Jeno Jacob and Donavan Samuel will be presented with Golden Drum awards on 4 August 2018.
The Golden Drum Awards has been an annual event organized by the National Cultural Council in collaboration with the Cultural Division from 1982. It honors individuals who have given more than twenty years of service in the Arts.
Mr. Lawrence also revealed that Special Recognition awards will be presented to the Possie Culture Pan, St. Luke’s Primary School, Castle Bruce Secondary School, Paix Bouche Drummers, Fernella Prosper of Petite Soufriere and Jacinta Bruney.
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.
“We congratulate and encourage them to continue with their good work that they have been doing in the arts and culture,” Mr. Lawrence stated.
The Golden Drum Awards is scheduled to take place at the Old Mill Cultural Centre from 8pm on Saturday 4 August and is free and open to the public. It will also include “very exciting performances”, Mr. Lawrence added.