Garifuna Folkloric Ballet To Perform Here
With the 4th Garifuna International Conference holding its official Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 7th March, and the conference proceeding on Wednesday, 8th March, the way has now been made clear for the myriad activities planned to take place in this year’s International Garifuna Summit.
Included in these activities are several performances of the acclaimed Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York City. The thirteen member delegation, which was scheduled to arrive in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on March 9th, has been invited as special guests by The Garifuna Heritage Foundation, to showcase their exquisite brand of the traditional Garifuna dances that have escaped our generations, with the exile of our indigenous peoples – Garifuna - from our shores way back in 1797.
Visitors to the free performances put on by this inspiring and energetic group of dancers will be able to capture the ideals of its Founder, Félix Gamboa and its Artistic Director, Gehovany Alvarez.
Since its founding in 2009, its main aims have been to raise awareness about Garifuna Cultural Heritage by showcasing and conducting workshops on the Garifuna Culture, with an educational experience that involves drumming, singing and dancing.
Consequently, the Company has earned a reputation of being one of the most acclaimed ambassadors of Garifuna culture, as they continue to promote the uniqueness of the Garifuna-American cultural experience.
The contribution this folkloric ballet has made to the preservation of the Garifuna Cultural Heritage in New York City is invaluable. It is for this reason that Vincentians are being encouraged to witness our dance culture returned to us, and make attempts to reconnect and to inculcate some of its ideals.
While here, the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of NYC could be seen at a free showing at the Peace Memorial Hall this Friday, 10th March, between 8:00 and 10:00 pm. On Saturday, March 11th and Monday, March 13th, the group will tour the Windward and Leeward sides of the island, making a number of stops along the way. Additionally, guest performances will be made at the following events: the Garifuna Marketplace and Heritage Village at Heritage Square and Old Public Library yard respectively; the Schools Garifuna Folk Festival at the Victoria Park between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon; the National Heroes Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Obelisk at Dorsetshire Hill on March 14th between 8:00 and 10:00 am, and to Greiggs between 2:00 and 6:00 pm, to participate in their National Heroes Day celebrations.
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