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As St. Lucians get set to participate in activities commemorating International Creole Day this month, the Folk Research Centre has addressed concerns about what many believe may have been a dying tradition.

Four venues have been confirmed as host communities for this year’s celebrations, compared to half that number in 2012. The communities include Grand Riviere, Soufriere, Mon Repos and Vieux Fort.

FRC Head Hilary La Force says the organization is encouraged by the level of interest in the local culture, particularly from the nation’s youth. He adds that education has played a large role in keeping the St Lucian heritage alive in the classroom. Mr La Force says the FRC is also encouraged by the level of enthusiasm in the creole heritage despite a major challenge.

This year marks 30 years since the declaration of international Creole Day.

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