Basseterre, St. Kitts, Friday 2nd, August, 2019, (MyVueNews.com) – The Culturama celebrations take a heated turn this weekend with the staging of the major competitions, parades and J’ouvert jump up, fetes and beach parties.
Thousands of fans from sister island St. Kitts are expected to make the short journey to join in the festivities.
The bulk of that movement is to be witnessed on J’ouvert Morning when bands and troupes make their way through the streets of the capital, Charlestown, as the Kittitians arrive in droves, to join their Nevisian counterparts, starting from the early hours of the morning, Monday, 5th August.
Culturama this year is celebrating 45 years and like previous editions, will be highlighted by the Senior Calypso Competition on Saturday, 3rd August and the Miss Culture Queen Pageant on Sunday, 4th August, at the Cultural Complex.
On Friday, 2nd August is the Senior Soca Monarch Competition at the nearby Cultural Village.
Artistes for the event will vie in both the Groovy and Power segments of the contest.
Another event that is a must visit will be the popular Food Fair on Saturday, 3rd August, all day, at Pinney’s Beach.
This is usually a melting pot of people from all ethnic backgrounds, visitors and residents alike and countless Kittitians who make their way over for the food and drinks and socializing that are all hallmarks of the annual extravaganza.
When Culturama was inaugurated in 1974, it was designed to showcase the unique heritage and culture of the Nevisian people, through their food, dance, dress, traditions, language and other features that make them different to other islands in the Caribbean and the world.
Though the effort has always been to stay close to the cultural focus, in years, there have been shifts to more traditional carnival type representations, especially when it comes to Parade Day, which this year will be on Tuesday, 6th August, a public holiday.
The current Minister of Culture, Eric Evelyn, however, has mandated the organizing committee to begin the process of refashioning the celebration with a greater cultural flavour.
The curtains will come down on the celebration on Tuesday, 6th August.