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Camerhogne Folk Festival


Last updated: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 2:40 PM

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

 The first Camerhogne Folk Festival was held in 2010. This festival was initiated by the Division of Culture upon recognition that the number of folk groups and performances during major National festival and other cultural events had declined considerably over the years.

Two of major factors that has contributed to this demise were the limited number of trained persons in the various disciplines within the performing arts and the lack of financial and technical support from both the public and private sectors. The absence of specific platform and forums geared towards showcasing folk presentations have also impacted negatively on this sector. These factors listed above, among others,

has reduced interest in membership of community folk groups, and consequently our National Folk Group. As a result the Ministry has taken the initiative to design and develop a platform for folk arts in Grenada, hence the birth of the Grenada folk festival “dubbed Camerhogne”(the name “camerhogne” was the name given to the island by the indigenous Amerindian inhabitants how were first settled here)

 The festival was staged over a three day period December 3rd to 5th and entailed an Opening Ceremony, Symposium, Costume Day, Local food and games day, Traditional Music Night, Exhibition and a Final Concert. The festival was held under the theme “The New way to experience our Folklore”

The Objectives of the Festival is to create awareness of tradition, heritage and the importance of transcendence of the real Grenadian Culture and to regenerate an appreciation for our Grenadian folklore. These objectives remains at the heart of the festival and, judging from the mass attendance at each event last year, and the level of appreciation shown, will be the guiding light for the future.. It is the expectation of the Ministry of culture that in 2011 participation will surpass that of last year, in terms of the quality of performances, the range and scope of events and the support and appreciation from the General public.

 

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