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A small contingent of 13 returned to Saint Lucia from French Guyana On Thursday last week, after representing the island as guests of honor at that country’s national celebrations, in promotion of the Creole language and culture.

The contingent was invited and hosted by the General Council of French Guiana in collaboration with Regional Municipal Councils, various local cultural organisations, and the St Lucian Diaspora in French Guyana.

The Saint Lucian contingent participated in a packed programme schedule of activities dubbed “La Semaine du Creole” which took place from October 23 to 30, 2013. The highlighted the richness of the Creole heritage that is shared by Saint Lucia, French Guyana and other creole speaking countries around the world. They also highlighted the strong historical, economic and cultural relations that have existed between Saint Lucia and the people of French Guyana.

The activities included formal meetings with government and municipal officials, cultural performances, trade fairs and cultural exhibitions, public forums on language and culture, and special presentations on national radio and television.

The local contingent comprised members from the Saint Lucia/ Martinique Association, two local artisans, one local manufacturer of jams and jellies and other condiments as well as Executive Director of the Cultural Development Foundation, Mr. Kennedy Samuel.

The visit of the local delegation to French Guyana was made possible through tangible support from the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries.
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