PRESS RELEASE – This past Monday 18th August, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Saint Lucia, with the support of the Cultural Development Foundation, the Creative Industries Division of the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries of Saint Lucia and the Saint Lucia School of Ballet and Modern Dance, commenced the Venezuelan Joropo Dance Workshop, on the occasion of its declaration as “Venezuelan Cultural Heritage”.
The traditional Venezuelan Joropo, is a genuine cultural expression of the people, which has been consolidated through the historic processes developed in the different regions of the country, allowing for the identification to date of three variants of the musical genre: Joropo Oriental, Joropo Central and Joropo Llanero.
It is for this reason that, in March of this year the Joropo was named Cultural Heritage of the Nation, by way of a credo that indicates that the Venezuelan State is committed to promoting the diffusion, research, education, protection and safeguarding of the traditional Venezuelan Joropo, through a measure comprising the participation of all Venezuelan people.
The Joropo is not only distinguished as a type of music, but also because the dance that accompanies it is synonymous of an entire festivity with the participation of the people. It is a cheerful dance, which fulfils the function of coming together and having fun. The musical forms, the dance, the instruments and the costumes, vary from region to region, however, in the different types of Joropo, the sonority of the same instruments: the harp or bandola (one of the two is used according to the region), the cuatro and the maracas, can be appreciated.
On this occasion, with the aim of creating new spaces for cultural exchange amongst dancers, instructors and musicians of the different cultural expressions in Venezuela and, at the same time, appreciating those of the sister countries of the Caribbean, these workshops, of one week in duration (from the 18th to the 22nd of August), has to date seen the involvement of more than 60 participants in Saint Lucia, including children (4 to 11 years), youth (12 to 17 years) and adults (18+).
As a result, we invite the general public to participate in the closing ceremony of the Joropo Dance Workshop, at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday 23rd August 2014, at the National Cultural Centre, Barnard Hill Castries. FREE admission.