Minister Jacobs attends carnival’s cultural events

POSTED: 04/5/16 8:57 PM

St. Maarten News – Minister silveria Jacobs (Education, culture, Youth and sports) attended both cultural carnival programs over the weekend. “The Calypso elimination, which showcased the least amount of participants we’ve seen in years, brought out the usual crowd of supporters, proving that the public continues to support calypso as a mainstay of our cultural heritage in the celebration of carnival,” the minister stated, adding that she had enjoyed the social commentary, musical and lyrical creativity of the calypsonians, which form part and parcel of calypso, and were a major part of the entertainment for the appreciative crowd.

Jacobs furthermore stated that she was inspired by the youth and female participants, “as several young up and coming calypsonians came out in full force as well as several females. Though not yet equal in numbers to men, the females proved that they could contend with the best.”

The Road March competition was also held on Saturday night and Minister Jacobs also extends congratulations on behalf of the government of St. Maarten to The Messenger, young Rumari Rogers, who retained his crown. The Minister would like to see the SCDF focus more attention on the promotion of these calypso and Road March competitions on both senior and junior levels in the interest of promotion of the longevity of our intangible cultural heritage. “While government also has plans to promote these art forms, the SCDF is charged with the development of carnival and these form an integral part of our main cultural festival.”

The Minister also extends congratulations to the delegates of the Teen, Senior and Mature Carnival Queen pageants who competed in the interview and debate competition on Sunday at the Belair Community Center. This new segment highlighted the intelligence and speaking ability of the delegates, while introducing the public to their personalities and their platforms. Much success is wished to all participants in all cultural competitions which will be held throughout the carnival season.

The minister encouraged the public to support these cultural carnival programs which promote positivity, build self esteem and allow our participants to showcase their many talents and skills.

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