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Heritage Youth Arts Festival ends

Heritage Youth Arts Festival ends

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Students and teachers throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines should now be better able to incorporate creative applications into the other subject areas after participating in the week-long Heritage Youth Arts Festival which closed on Sunday, November 2nd, at the National Trust’s Headquarters in Kingstown.{{more}}

The two final days of the Festival must have invoked nostalgia in those who attended. Saturday was a fun and games day, during which patrons enjoyed donkey riding, rope jumping, face painting, as well as jacks and other traditional games.

Sunday was a traditional market day, and many patrons were delighted with the wares and food on sale. Sunday was the day when slaves traditionally bartered and sold goods that they had made or grown on small plots that they were allowed to work by their masters. Some patrons expressed the view that the Sunday market should be revived.

The Festival opened with a visual arts exhibition and afternoons of dance, poetry, music and chorale speaking by the students of various schools.

A board member of the National Trust, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Festival was brilliantly conceived and executed, but some schools did not support it enough, with some teachers giving no support at all.

The Festival was jointly funded by the European Union and the Government of SVG and coordinated by the National Trust. (AC)