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Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly gives the Official Opening Address at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Village, Queen’s Park Savannah on Thursday 28th July, 2016

The Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village, Queen’s Park Savannah was opened by Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts on Thursday 28th July, 2016.

In her official Opening Address, Minister Gadsby-Dolly recognised the work of the Emancipation Support Committee on their 24th Anniversary and commended the Emancipation Support committee for bringing life to this year’s theme, Celebrating the Resilience of a People. She added, “This village is a multi-dimensional tribute to African and Trinbagonian heritage. In this exhibition of African cuisine, music, art, craft and fashion, we remember Africa, we recognise the legacy of its people, and we rejoice in our freedom.”

The Minister’s Address opened the cultural show that included moving performances by Helon Francis including Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and his 2016 hit ‘Paradise.’ Brother Valentino performed classic hits from his repertoire. The evening ended with Echoes of Africa, a folk ballet presentation by the National Dance Association of Trinidad and Tobago, which captivated the audience before the end of the cultural show.

The Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village will run from Thursday 28th July, 2016 to Monday 1st August, 2016 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.



Echoes of Africa - Folk Ballet Performers captivated the crowd on Thursday evening



Dr the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly looks at some of the hand-crafted items
on sale at the Emancipation Market Place