2nd Edition of Waraka Sewinal Festival to be held on December 16-17, 2011

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 36 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sweinal Festival press conference. Photo credit: Gregory RabessThe second edition of the Waraka Séwinal Festival will be held in Atkinson on December 16-17, 2011. This was disclosed at a press conference held by the Atkinson Village Council and the Sewinal Festival Committee last Friday (Dec 2, 2011) at the Old Mill Cultural Centre.The main festival event is the Grand Séwinal Concert and Street Festival on Saturday December 17, 2011 featuring performances by individual singers, traditional séwinal (jing ping) bands, choirs, dancers, drumming and steel pan ensembles. These include the Paix Bouche Cultural Group, Petite Savanne Jing Ping Band, Bits and Pieces of Layou, Athie Martin Steel Pan Ensemble, Ti Bwa, Marigot Cultural Group, Bann Akayo Séwinal Band, Copee, Gregory Rabess, Atkinson Primary School Choir, Atkinson Youth Dancers, the KTZ Band of Bataca, Hot Pepper Sewinal Band among others.Millenium Sounds are providing sound and lighting for the event and for the first time in its history, the Swinging Stars will be performing in Atkinson following the main concert.Other Festival events include the Atkinson Primary School Miss Noel Show and the Antrizzle Séwinal Splash both of which take place on Friday December 16, 2011. The Waraka Séwinal Festival is aimed at promoting and sustaining the séwinal tradition, showcasing local talent, attracting visitors to the community and enhancing Christmas celebrations in Dominica.The village of Atkinson, also known by its Kalinago name Waraka, boasts a very strong séwinal tradition dating back to the early 1900s. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, groups of singers and séwinal bands go from house to house singing Christmas carols, cantiques noel and local séwinal songs which features Papa Nwèl (Father Christmas) as the central figure. This is an all night affair. The Waraka Séwinal Festival builds on this tradition and ensures that it survives for future generations.Press Release EntertainmentLocalNews 2nd Edition of Waraka Sewinal Festival to be held on December 16-17, 2011 by: – December 5, 2011 Tweetlast_img

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