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Jounen Kweyol 2020 Celebrated Differently

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Saint Lucia authorities restricted this year’s Jounen Kweyol celebrations to strictly family activities, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is the first time Jounen Kweyol activities had to be done virtually.

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Have virtual spaces become a boon to cultural preservation efforts?

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Pronouncements on the structure of national Kweyol Heritage activities are expected to be issued in coming days, with emphasis placed on the connection between Saint Lucia’s rich cultural history and national wellbeing. Adjustments to accommodate national health and safety guidelines have restricted organizers to virtual spaces, but has this change provided any advantages in the celebration of local culture?

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES MINISTER MULLS FATE OF STATE OWNED EVENTS COMPANY

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Addressing rumor surrounding the fate of the recently established Events Company of Saint Lucia, a government run entity tasked with producing the island’s marquee festivals, Creative Industries Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire disclosed stakeholder consultation is advancing for amicable alternatives. Citing its taxpayer funded multimillion dollar budget and existing state agencies with similar responsibilities, Dr. Hilaire is not ruling out suggestions to dissolve Events Company of Saint Lucia.

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COVID OUTBREAKS AND PROTOCOLS DEPRESSES ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying prevention control measures has kept partygoers at home and event promoters on the brink. More than a year of COVID-19 related disruptions has upended Saint Lucia’s entertainment industry resulting in unprecedented cancellations to marquee festivals like carnival and the annual Jazz & Arts festival. Will the government’s proposed “events card” access pass for the fully vaccinated pave the way for a return to a thriving nightlife scene?

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