Grenada: Grenada officially launched the “Carriacou Marron and String Band Music Festival” under the theme- “Live a New Life.” It also announced the calendar of events for the festival on Sunday. The festival will be started on April 28, 2023, and ended on Sunday, April 30, 2023.
The two-day festival will feature several cultural and music events showcasing the vibrant display of Grenada’s values and customs.
The Maroon Festival is not only about the food and drink, but showcasing what makes them unique.’’ Those were the words of Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Local Government, Tevin Andrews, as he declared open the 2023 Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival.
READ HERE: Full calendar of events:
On Day 1: Friday 28th April 2023
- 6:00 a.m. – Morning ritual/wetting of the ground/blowing shell
- 3:00 p.m. – Sharing of Saraca food
- 6:30 p.m. – Flambeau Parade/Official opening
- 8:00 p.m. – Cultural performances
On Day 2: Saturday 29th April
At Hillsborough Square – Strings in the City
- 11:00 a.m. – Traditional wedding display and Live string band music
At Botanical Gardens – Cultural Explosion
- 7:30 p.m. – Featuring local and visiting Cultural groups
Day 3: Sunday 30th April
At Paradise Beach: Music & Culture on the beach
- 4:00 p.m. – Cultural performances and live band music
This year, the focus is on 100% local entertainment with cultural groups from Carriacou and Grenada. Minister Andrews fully supports this concept, saying it should only help to build, protect and preserve the nation’s traditions. He added that the village maroon setting is a means of building the community spirit in the twin-isle parish of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Corporate sector backing, he said, is also important and called on members of the business community to give the festival some financial assistance. Coordinator of the Cultural Secretariat, Anderson “Leftist” Matheson, said the April 28th-30th festival is going to be one with a difference as patrons can expect a true cultural explosion at the four (4) venues: Bayaleau, Hillsborough, Carriacou Botanical Gardens and Paradise Beach.
The festival is fully supported by the Government of Grenada through the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Local Government and the Grenada Tourism Authority.