33rd Jounen Kwéyòl 2017 – host venues announced

Preparations for St. Lucia’s biggest cultural festival are at an advanced stage. Under the direction of the Folk Research Centre (FRC), the most widely celebrated cultural event in St. Lucia, Jounen Kwéyòl, will take place on Sunday October 29th this year.  The Celebration of Arts and Creole Heritage month begins with a launch of the activity on Sunday September 24th at the Vieux Fort Square. A church service in Kwéyòl will herald the celebration followed by a parade of Creole Groups from the church to the square accompanied by Séwénal music.

At the square will be the ambience of a mini Jounen Kwéyòl with the display of Creole technologies, vending and entertainment.  Throughout the month of  October which is Arts and Creole Heritage Month, activities will be held by the four host communities as well as  national events such as the Icon Series, Fèt Magwit, Lawenn Kwéyòl pageant, Jennès pageant, Art exhibition and Artist market, Ditè Kwéyòl, Woulélaba, Music, Storytelling and Poetry Fiesta, Fèsten Tanbou and  a Kwéyòl Music Fiesta.

Jounen Kwéyòl which is the brainchild of the Folk Research Centre is celebrated in recognition of Jounen Kwéyòl Entonnasyonal (International Creole Day) which is observed on October 28th of each year.

Jounen Kwéyòl aims to make the St. Lucian society aware of the strength and value of the Kwéyòl language and to assist in the understanding, preservation and development of its rich cultural resources.

FRC is pleased to announce the four host communities for Creole Heritage Month/Jounen Kwéyòl 2017 and they are:

  1. Babonneau : in the North
  2. Vieux-Fort : in the South
  3. La Ressource, Dennery : in the East
  4. Marigot: in the West



(for further information contact Hilary La Force at FRC 453-1477)


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