PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia students currently studying in Taiwan represented St Lucia at the First Caribbean and Latin America Cultural Festival which was held in Taipei on Saturday evening May 5th 2017.
The events which was organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan and the Embassies of Diplomatic Ally Countries of Taiwan from Caribbean and Latin America, featured song, dance, and other cultural traditions of Latin American and the Caribbean and also of Taiwan. The participating countries were Belize, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, St Kitts/Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
For its part, St Lucia presented a Masquerade Dance, featuring Papa Djab, Ti, Djab, Mary Anset, Acrobat, Masquerade dancers, and Pie Banan. The presentation was well received by the over 900 patrons in attendance. Mary Anset, Pie Banan dancers and Papa Djab in particular thrill the audience with their performances.
St Lucia also took part in the exhibition where local products from St Lucia were on display to include spices, rum, souvenir dolls and straw baskets among others. Food samples were also served to include sea moss drink, bakes and accra, and tamarin balls.
The Embassy of St Lucia in The Republic of China (Taiwan) which coordinated St Lucia’s participation would like to express its gratitude to June Frederick of the Folk Research Center for assisting with the costumes and other pieces needed for the presentation.