A Youth Music Festival, to feature and showcase the talent of Dominican youth, has been added to the calendar of events to commemorate Emancipation 2018.
Emancipation is a celebration of emancipation, freedom, resilience and cultural identity and it will be celebrated from 27 July to 4 August 2018.
“We decided to have a first ever Youth Music Festival this year to give the young people an opportunity to show off their talents and skills, especially in the area of music,” Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence said during the media launch on Wednesday 18 July.
“So it will feature a number of upcoming and emerging bands and individual artistes as well on different musical instruments and some of those who would be singing as well and playing pan at this Youth Music Festival,” Mr. Lawrence informed.
The Youth Music Festival is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 1 August from 5PM “so we can accommodate families and young people” at the Old Mill Cultural Centre in Canefield. It will be free and open to the general public.
“Let’s support our youth and show solidarity with our musicians and artistes, who are promoting their various musical genres. It’s good to give the young people that opportunity at that early age because that is what encourages them now to go on to do bigger and better things in the future,” Mr. Lawrence added.
Emancipation will be observed from 27 July to 4 August under the theme ‘Building a Culture of Unity’.
An Art Exhibition organized by the Waitukubuli Artistes Association and DEXIA on 27 July, a fashion show & steel pan festival on 28 July, emancipation showcase tribute to Francois Bannis on 29th July, and the Golden Drum Awards on 4 August are the other activities scheduled for Emancipation 2018.
Emancipation is geared towards building greater awareness about the significance of the abolition of slavery and the impact which slavery and emancipation have had on our modern-day society.
The Festival also presents an opportunity to showcase artistic talent and celebrate the culture of Dominica and the region.