An official ceremony held at the Grenada Tourism Authority Office in Carriacou on 29 March, launched the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival carded for 26-28 April 2019.
The Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival offers visitors and locals the opportunity to witness the authentic practice of ‘maroon’ — a celebration offering thanks for the last harvest and asking for good fortune during the upcoming planting season.
President of the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival Committee, Theria Lendore, speaking at the launch, said the 3-day festival will showcase a rich mix of both local and regional cultures.
Minister of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Local Government and Legal Affairs, Hon. Kindra Maturine-Stewart, said the festival since its inception in 2001 has seen continuous development. She added that the Government of Grenada will soon undertake an initiative to develop the Maroon Heritage Village, Belair Park, to offer an unforgettable experience to tourists and locals alike throughout the entire year.
Also speaking at the launch was Minister of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts, Hon. Norland Cox. He said that the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival represents one of Carriacou’s proud and valued cultural assets that continues to evoke a great sense of anticipation and excitement.
“The theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Deeply rooted in our traditions, remaining true to our Culture,’ truly represents the ministry’s objective as it relates to the plans for sustaining the cultural heritage of Carriacou and Petite Martinique,” Minister Cox noted in closing.