Published On: Thu, Jan 12th, 2017

SCDF brings various cultures together in Carnival Village

carnival culturesGREAT BAY – Carnival will bring several cultures together on stage in 2017. The Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will stage a Culture Night on Friday April 22 in Carnival Village, featuring groups representing various national communities of St. Maarten.

Confirmed so far for participation are groups representing St. Kitts, the Dominican Republic, Chinese community, Indian community, Guyanese community, Dominica and St. Maarten/St. Martin. The concept of the night will see each group making a 15 to 20 minute entertainment presentation on stage indicative of their respective cultures.

The event is not a competition, rather a showcase of what the SCDF said would literally be St. Maarten on display. “Carnival is still the largest event on St. Maarten that brings all cultures together in celebration over an extensive period of time. We do so through music and food primarily and participation in our various shows,” SCDF President Alston Lourens explained.

“But for too long there’s been a feeling from the various communities or people of a different heritage that there isn’t a place in Carnival for them. We’re saying that if you love St. Maarten, have made here your home and contribute to the positive growth of the country, then you definitely have a place in the country’s biggest and oldest event,” he added.

Lourens said Culture Night is not just an entertainment night or parade of cultures, “but it’s a learning experience for many of us. We could all learn something about each other, from each other. The presentations on April 22 will also be educational and re-enforce the inclusiveness of Soualiga. We are very excited about this night of culture,” he said.

Lourens said that there is still time for other groups to sign up and take part in Culture Night. Any group or representatives of groups intereted should contact the SCDF by emailing info@sxm-carnival.com.

Photo above caption: Different cultures united behind one flag. Photo contributed