Saturday, June 4, 2011


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I was walking down Albert Street towards St. Johns Cathedral when I heard the beating of drums across the way. I asked a few people if it was a graduation ceremony, but they didn’t know. I took a short cut through the cathedral yard and came upon young people singing and dancing. I knew instantly that this was an event that I must stop to see. I have been hearing so much about this event that provides the youths of Belize with an outlet to showcase their talents in drama, dancing, poetry, and the arts, and I knew I had to see it. This was the opening ceremony of the National Festival of Arts, where children from preschools, primary schools and secondary schools all over Belize showcase their talents.

This year's National Festival of Arts has two categories- juniors and seniors. The juniors are those between the ages of 4 and 13 years old. The festival is open to persons outside the school system in the senior category between the ages of 14 and 29 years old from secondary schools and young adults who are very active in their respective art.
I made my way to Government House on Regent Street and was amazed to see so many children in very colorful costumes. Some of the performances included dance, poetry, drama and music. I was most impressed by the performances of young Kiya Cabrallero with her dance and poetry; she is also the poster youth for the Stann Creek District.
The Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber was keynote speaker. He encouraged the attendees to work hard to build a new Belize. He was also presented with a copy of Aurelio Martinez's  new CD, "Laru Beya"
Honduran Parandero.....Aurelio Martinez
Aurelio Martinez presenting the Hon. Patrick Faber with his new CD- Laru Beya
President of Nationa Institute of Culture and History Diane Haylock
After the opening ceremonies a parade was held from Government House down Regent St., over Swing Bridge into Queen St., into New Rd., into Victoria St., into North Front St. back over the Bridge down Albert St. and back to Gov't House!
The National Festival of Arts 2011- May 30th- June 4th. Come out and support the youths of Belize!! If you are in the city, there will be performances at 3PM and 6PM. 
Don't Miss the performances of Ozzy the Clown and the Playground Posse.

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