St. Lucia to host Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival

St. Lucia will host the Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival early next month under the theme “L’espwi Theatre, (The Spirit of Theatre), the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development announced Monday.

Image of Representatives of the National Management Team for the Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival.
Representatives of the National Management Team for the Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival.

It said the November 3-9 event is the first and only performing arts exchange programme for secondary schools in the Caribbean region.

“Let us ensure that Caribbean integration and visitor arrivals to our shores is continued through the legacy of what we bring to this drama festival. What we are going to give is the best of our culture and hospitality. We are glad to support and lead the charge in this venture,” said Chief Education Officer, Fiona Phillip Mayer.

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“In the last three years, the CDF has been working toward increasing the number of theatrical presentations that it makes annually. We have been putting on a number of plays and we have been supporting other groups that seek to do the same.

“This opportunity to engage with Events Company of St. Lucia and the Ministry of Education to host this festival where we will be exposed to theatrical productions and training opportunities for our young people, is a proud moment for us,’ Burton said.

The organisers said that various workshops will form part of the festival, as well as performances by participating countries on a nightly basis.

“Let us ensure that Caribbean integration and visitor arrivals to our shores is continued through the legacy of what we bring to this drama festival.”

— Chief Education Officer, Fiona Phillip Mayer

Deputy Director of the Theatre Arts Schools Association, Shakira Roberts-Sankar, said she hopes the festival is the beginning of a new outlook on what theatre can do in schools and society.

“This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate, observe and learn, not only about our cultures but represent them in our own unique way on stage. This opportunity allows our schools to network and collaborate, which we believe will strengthen and develop theatre.

“We hope that all stakeholders will come out to support the young people as they expose their talents and skills, both on stage and off.”