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Antigua and Barbuda to host 2nd Annual International Dance, Music and Folklore Festival

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday 8th April (St. John’s, Antigua)… The Cultural Development Division, in association with the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, is pleased to announce that plans are currently underway for the second annual Antigua and Barbuda International Dance, Music and Folklore Festival. 

The festival is aimed at educating participants through systematic hands-on approach to specific disciplines in the performing arts. Moreover, it also provides an avenue for all of the participating countries to showcase their cultural attributes in dance and song through indigenous chants and instruments. 

This year, the festival will be held over a five-day period from April 23rd to 27th featuring folk dance and cultural music groups from Dominica, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Guyana, Montserrat, South Africa and host country, Antigua and Barbuda. 

The schedule of events for the second edition of the festival includes a series of activities and events for participants and the general public including workshops from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th, and an International Dance Symposium featuring renowned dancers and speakers from Dominica, Barbados and St. Lucia on Saturday 27th, which commences at nine o’clock in the morning, at the Dean William Lake Cultural Center. 

However, the climax of this year’s Festival will be the various nights of dance starting with, a pre-show, ‘Dancing Under the Stars’, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus on Wednesday 24th; the ‘Opening Performance’ on Thursday 25th; ‘T.D.I.F – Thank Dance Its’s Friday’ on Friday 26th and the ‘Signal Performance’ on Saturday 27th, which will all be held at the Dean William Lake Cultural Center. 

Schedule of Events and Activities

     
Tuesday 23rd April –    Workshops and Performances at Various Locations
Wednesday 24th April –    Workshops and Performances at Various Locations  Pre-Show ‘Dancing Under the Stars’
                                         Admission: $10 (kids); $15 (adults) 
                                         Venue: UWI Open Campus
                                           7:00 p.m.
Thursday 25th April –    Workshops and Performances at Various Locations   Official Opening of the 2019 Antigua and Barbuda International Dance, Music, and Folklore Festival
    Admission: $15 (kids); $20 (adults) Venue: Dean William Lake 6:00 p.m. 
Friday 26th April –  T.D.I.F ‘Thank Dance Its Friday’
    Admission: $15 (kids); $20 (adults) Venue: Dean William Lake 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 27th April –  International Dance Symposium
                                         Venue: Dean William Lake  
                                         9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                                           Signal Performance
        Admission: $20 (kids); $50 (adults) Venue: Dean William Lake 8:00 p.m.

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