And while Cacao ruled the weekend, for the next week National Festival of Arts 2010, will be running the cultural agenda. The Official Ceremony & Parade top launch it all took place today and organizer Clive Meyers, himself a child star of Festivals past told us what's in store:
Clive Meyers, Coordinator Festival of The Arts
"This year the feeling is very overwhelming, because we realized that the participation from the districts is growing every single year. This year for us at the Institute of Creative Arts we are working on a different look for the entire national festival. We just didn't want to have an opening ceremony where the kids will come in and do a couple of performances and stuff. We want to do a parade along with this opening ceremony. We want at least one or two representation from each district, where the students and participants will be wearing costumes or a festive outwear to walk through the streets of Belize City to let the public be aware that the festival is here and ready to start."
Elisa, student - La Inmaculada - Orange Walk
"It's about balancing. You need to trust yourself so that you can balance. You need to practice with the tray, so that you can move with the tray and do 360 degrees spin with the tray. I have been dancing with the bottle from a long time ago. I realized that I am growing bigger and I need to go up the level, that's why I decided to try the tray dance, I did a lot of practice so that I can be here."
"Every year you get not just 1, 2 and 3 but you get a good influx of children that can wow you away whenever they get on the stage. There is music, dance and drama, you name the discipline and we can definitely identify one or a group of children that can wow you whenever you come and see the performances."
The Schedule of Performances
Juniors present from 10:00am - 12:00noon
- Wednesday, May 26th, - Stann Creek and Toledo District
- Thursday, May 27th, - Corozal and Orange Walk District
- Friday, May 28th, - Cayo and Belize District
Seniors present from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tickets are $5.00 adults & $2.00 children.