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Lantern Festival Still Shines

Image: The fireworks display was a sight to behold for both young and old. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
Image: The fireworks display was a sight to behold for both young and old. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
The fireworks display was a sight to behold for both young and old. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)

MESMERIZING creativity was the best colour of light that shone through last Friday evening when the lanterns for this year’s Festival of Lights went on public display at Derek Walcott Square.

Image: Alex and Joy Grant combine the Christmas spirit with hope for a cleaner, safer world. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
Alex and Joy Grant combine the Christmas spirit with hope for a cleaner, safer world. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)

Eager passers-by got the chance to see about fifty lanterns carried by their creators from the Castries City Hall and the parade, including masqueraders, stilt walkers, fire eaters and musicians made their way to Derek Walcott Square.

Image: Many eyes lit up during the lantern display. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
Many eyes lit up during the lantern display. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)

At the “Square”, three young actors – Shakeem Goddard, Anarcisse Alexander and Kevon Edwin – took the hundreds of patrons on a journey of hope, peace and goodwill. In their re-enactment of the biblical Three Wise Men, the actors emphasized that despite the many ills that plague the world, there’s always some light that shines through.

Image: What would Christmastime in Saint Lucia be without Papa Djab? [PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
What would Christmastime in Saint Lucia be without Papa Djab? [PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
Cultural performances on the night came from Dance Saint Lucia, Ave Maria Girls’ Primary School Choir, Dalonya Joseph, Nicole St. Croix, Adrian “Drii Notes” Klien, ASAP Band, Soufrica Drummers, Heart & Soul, Silver Shadow Dance Academy, Royal Saint Lucia Police Band, Arthur, Nintus and Invader.

Image: Kylie Francis’ “KléwéAnbaLanmé” (left) won in the Contemporary/Modern (Seniors) category and picked up the Most Outstanding Lantern Award. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
Kylie Francis’ “KléwéAnbaLanmé” (left) won in the Contemporary/Modern (Seniors) category and picked up the Most Outstanding Lantern Award. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)

The winners in each category of this year’s Lantern Festival were also announced. They are as follows.
• National (Juniors) – Tyler Eudovic – “Thank You, Venezuela”
• National (Seniors) – Joy Grant – “Global Warming Is Real: From Green Life To Brown Death”
• Traditional (Juniors) – Ciceron RC Combined School – “The Nativity Scene”
• Traditional (Seniors) – Kimbaly Francis – “The Yo-Yo For You”
• Contemporary/Modern (Juniors) – Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre – “Blossoming”
• Contemporary/ Modern (Seniors) – Kylie Francis – “KléwéAnbaLanmé”
• Most Outstanding Lantern Award — Kylie Francis – “KléwéAnbaLanmé”

Image: Rooms at this lantern inn were definitely aplenty. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
Rooms at this lantern inn were definitely aplenty. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)

The night of colourful lights, sound and Christmas cheer ended shortly after Deputy Prime Minister, Phillip J. Pierre, switched on the Christmas lights which was followed by a colourful display of fireworks.

Image: These three young actors’ excellent stagecraft lit the way to a peaceful world. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
These three young actors’ excellent stagecraft lit the way to a peaceful world. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)
Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...

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