Community Culture Development Politics Religion 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Issues an Apology to the Rastafarian Community

Dear Members of the Rastafarian Community Long you suffered; long you endured. Your rejection of being made a slave to the British culture and your refusal to surrender your African heritage made you a threat to the colonial establishment. Rastafari, dreadlocks, ganja, Babylon and Zion made you outcasts and unacceptable. Not because you did wrong, but because you stood up for what you thought was your right. You would not be forced to abandon Africa that lived within you. You would not absorb the customs of those who tore you…

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Carnival Carnival Culture Entertianment Labour 

Antigua’s Carnival 2018 set to launch this weekend

“Revel in Greatness”, the theme for this year’s Carnival celebration will be unveiled by the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission (ABFC) at the Official Launch of the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival, this weekend. Commencing promptly at 2:00 PM on Saturday 21st, the city will come alive with the sweet sounds of steel pan music at various hot spots around St. John’s. Meanwhile, on Independence Avenue, where the Official Launch will take place, patrons can expect a host of free activities for the family, especially the children, including, bounce castles and…

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Culture Tourism 

LIAT Team up with Antigua to Promote Carnival

LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission to promote Antigua Carnival 2018. The airline is reaffirming its partnership with the “Greatest Summer Festival” as they undertook a joint promotion during Trinidad’s 2018 Carnival. LIAT’s Corporate Communications Manager, Shavar Maloney noted that the airline reiterates to its commitment to connect the Caribbean. “As the Caribbean Airline, we see it as part of our purpose to connect the Caribbean and share the rich cultural heritage of our region…

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Culture Development Education Regional News 

HAITI: Caribbean Dignity Unbowed.

The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. The democratic, nation-building debt the American nation owes the Caribbean, and the Haitian nation in particular that resides at its core, is not expected to be repaid but must be respected. Any nation without a nominal notion of its own making can never comprehend the forces that fashion it origins. Haiti’s Caribbean vision illuminated America’s way out of its colonial darkness. This is the debt President Trump’s America owes Toussaint L’Ouverture’s…

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Culture 

2018 New Year’s Day Cultural Extravaganza Larger and more exciting

Three hundred and sixty-five days have passed and another January 1 is here again. On Monday, 1st January, 2018 we start the cycle once more.  We reminisce on past experiences and vow to find ways to improve and enhance.  We promise to be more engaging and becoming more civic minded by giving even more. However, one thing that will always remain constant is our party spirit and our ability to celebrate despite social or economic circumstances.  Music and food is all that is needed to get the party started. The…

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Community Culture Education 

Joanne C. Hillhouse’s Dolphin, the Arctic Seal, Returns to Antigua & Barbuda in an Inspiring Children’s Book

Author,  editor, and writing coach Joanne C. Hillhouse releases her latest children’s book, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure. Beautifully illustrated by Trinidadian artist Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Lost! is inspired by the story of an Arctic seal which found itself in the Caribbean seas a few years ago. The book pulls children into a fun adventure about kindness and friendship that will leave them with a greater appreciation of our marine environment. Lost! includes a fun maze which gives children a chance to help the lost seal find his way home. Kirkus…

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Community Culture Education 

Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Launched

Wadadli Pen challenges young writers in Antigua and Barbuda to tap in to their creativity and use their voice. It is an opportunity for them to tell the stories only they can tell, and to tell them in 600 words or less. Yes, there are prizes to be won but Wadadli Pen, since its launch in 2004, has never just been about the prizes – its purpose is to contribute to both youth and arts development by nurturing and showcasing the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. To participate, you…

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Culture 

Celebrated Antiguan Authors to Lecture at Literary Day on Friday

A number of Antigua and Barbuda’s celebrated authors will converge on the Multi-Purpose Cultural and Exhibition Centre on Friday 21st October from 10 a.m. for a Literary Day as part of the 35th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. Chairman of the Festivals Commission, Maurice Merchant says that Antiguan and Barbudan Associate Professor in the Department of History at Columbia University, Dr. Natasha Lightfoot will be the featured speaker at the event which is expected to attract History and English Literature students from Secondary schools across the island. Professor Lightfoot is the author of the book Troubling Freedom –…

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Community Culture Legal 

Barbudans Urged to Revive “Indomitable Spirit”

Chairman of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Trust Fund, Dr Linton Lewis, in a very sterling address to the Barbuda Council reminded the people of Barbuda of the ‘indomitable spirit’ of their forbearers that resulting in the freedom and independence from the bondage of slavery. He also reminded them that the independence for which they struggled for centuries ‘must now be fully attained’ with the severing of the umbilical cord from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.  He called for the development of a Caribbean jurisprudence by having…

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Culture Development Youth 

Digicel Grants School Independence Wish

In celebration of Antigua & Barbuda’s 35th Independence anniversary, Digicel’s Grant a Wish initiative is awarding one high school with much-needed funding of $6,000 towards a school development project. To qualify for the funding, schools are asked to submit a video of no more than four minutes long or a written story via email on what they will do with the funding and how it will help with the sustainable development of their school. The competition is geared towards all secondary schools on the twin island state and some of…

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