The activities will take the form of a presentation of folklore, and appearances by contestants for the various contests, including the Mr. Kool, Miss Swimwear, Miss Culture, Mr. & Miss Talented Youth, and those involved in the Junior Calypso Competition.
A calypso tent, featuring some of the top senior calypsonians, has also been scheduled to take place at V’s Court Yard after immediately after the launch.
On Tuesday night, the premier of Nevis, Joseph Parry, hosted the contestants for cocktails at the courtyard of the Nevis Performing Arts Centre.
In a short address to those in attendance, Parry made an appeal for a “Crime Free Culturama”.
He said he wanted patrons, including the young people to come out and witness the culture, enjoy the shows, dance to the music, but do not cause any problems.
Mr. Parry reminded the contestants to take the Emancipation Day seriously, “August Monday is a major part of our history and this festival rejoices in the recognition of that day and we must celebrate it.
The Premier encouraged the contestants to remain focused, to embrace the festival as it brings memories of “our history”.
In attendance were the six young women competing for the coveted Miss Culture title –Ronice Williams, Micaihla Lawrence, Teshyna David, Grace Percival, Faith Daniel and Denesia Smithen. The four competing for the Miss Culture Swimwear title – Tera Griffin, Franale Holder, Tamenelle Browne and Roslyn Berkely also attended the cocktail, as were the four young men competing for the Mr. Kool title are: Loronzo Phillip, Reece Walters, Daquani Newton and Kevin Adams.
Ms. Jaedee Caines, Chairperson of the Pageant Committee, indicated that while her committees started preparations late, they are ready and looking forward to participating in these great shows.