The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR) launched the premiere viewing of ‘Belize Cultural Celebrations Video Series Volume 2: Carnaval’. The material was launched on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9:00a.m. at the Paradise Theater, where each participating school/institution in attendance received copies of the promotional material after the viewing.
This is the second in a series of educational and promotional materials which highlight Belize’s local cultural heritage highlighting the pre-Lenten festivity of Carnaval. Launches in Caledonia Village, Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town took place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of February, at the Caledonia RC School, Corozal House of Culture, and Banquitas House of Culture. The video and accompanying poster are being distributed in San Pedro, as well as several communities in Northern Belize including Corozal Town, as this cultural event was widely practiced in Mestizo communities across Belize, especially those in the north.
Although it has only survived in a few communities, NICH hopes that this material will spark interest in, and encourage others to support local initiatives for cultural promotion.
“These educational materials are designed as one of the safeguarding tools for use by the communities and the public at large for the purpose of building awareness, appreciation and care for Belize’s cultural heritage,” stated NICH. “This work will continue into the foreseeable future as this idea of safeguarding our cultural heritage is enshrined in Belize’s national culture policy which will be launched in March 2016.”
The video can be viewed on the Institute for Social and Cultural Research YouTube Channel and Facebook page, and is available for free distribution via the Institute for Social and Cultural Research/NICH to all educational and cultural institutions. For information on how your institution can receive its copy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all its religious roots, Carnaval is one hell of a party.
My reason for missing it all is pretty pedestrian — recovering from surgery. Carnaval is one of my favorite island celebrations, especially watching the kids, armed with squirt bottles of paint (and sometimes eggs, despite the ban) chasing each other up and down Front Street and through Central Park. So carefree and innocent and messy!
That is why I was delighted when my friend Dion from the San Pedro Sun invited me to the premiere of a little movie on Carnaval in Belize at the Paradise Theater on Wednesday. The film is only the second in a series from the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) which focuses on Belize celebrations. The first looked at the Garifuna people’s Settlement Day celebration.
The film was made by the Institute of Social & Cultural Research, a branch of NICH, over the course of three years visiting Carnaval here in San Pedro and the more pageantry-oriented Carnaval celebrated in parts of Corozal, specifically the village of Caledonia.
Carnaval 11 Jan 2016
Carnaval: A Pre-lenten Festivity in Northern Belize