Folklife Festival

the 2018 Island Cultural Festival “Some ah Dis, Some ah Dah”

Due to the tragic storms, Virgin Islands National Park will not be hosting a Folklife Festival at Annaberg Sugar Plantation this year. In lieu of the annual Folklife Festival, the Virgin Islands National Park will be hosting a smaller cultural celebration commemorating Virgin Islands history and culture.

This year’s theme, “Some ah Dis, Some ah Dah”, commemorates the culture from yesteryear brought forward today. Activities include cultural dancing demonstrations by Bambola Dance group, drumming by Mr. Eddie Bruce African drummer and music by Tropical Sounds just to name a few. There will also be various stations demonstrating cultural arts and crafts, and foods.

Virgin Islands National Park is inviting the public and local schools to this event, which will take place at the Winston Wells Ballpark on March 23, 2018 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Since 1996, the Friends has sponsored the annual Folklife Festival during Black History Month at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation. This well-attended event features cultural demonstrations from the plantation era as well as African song, dance and storytelling.

This annual festival, attended by hundreds of Virgin Island students as well as park visitors, focuses on the islands’ rich cultural history, including representation from other islands whose traditions have now been integrated into Virgin Islands culture. It features traditional music, storytelling, arts and crafts, traditional foods, and activity stations, giving the students opportunities to reconnect with their ancestors, inspiring a generation of future culture bearers. 

Many history teachers utilize this program as part of their curriculum (students are encouraged and have been observed taking notes and asking questions). The Folklife Festival is an important effort to keep local culture alive as the lifeways of people from the past are disappearing and has been called the cultural highlight of the year.
video provided courtesy of the NPS and Esther Francis

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