Emancipation Festival 2016

If you missed the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society's Emancipation Festival on Sunday, you missed something really special. The theme was "Breaking the Chains," and there were about a dozen performers set amidst the backdrop of the Brimstone Hill Fortress.

What a fantastic way to spend the afternoon.

Before the performances began, there was a book and wine sale. 

The host, Dawn Mills, has missed her calling as a stand-up comedian. She was very entertaining and funny, and when she wanted to sing some Calypso, nicknamed herself "Mighty Talk." Hmm, seems fitting.

The "house" band for the afternoon was Rap-So-D.

Dancers from LEAP performed two empowering dances that fit the theme of the day.

Up next, Devaski Williams enthusiastically played a couple of easily recognizable songs on a colorful steel pan. I loved his version of When you Cry. (Sorry I cut it off, but it's supposed to be just a little taste.)

Song on Steel Pan

The original song

When the programme listed mimes as an act, I wondered if mimes on St. Kitts were different than the mimes I was thinking of. Nope. I debated going off to get a beverage - I mean - mimes? Really? - but I am so glad I didn't. The group from The Cayon Church of God was mesmerizing! 

Precious Gems Unique Touch Ministry then performed a spiritual and exuberant dance.

Christine Clarke orated some spirited poetry and a powerful monologue (discourse between a newly freed African and his former "massa"), and several bands and choirs played/sang throughout (not all captured here).

As the sun set, I walked up a trail behind the festivities. Could there be a prettier venue? No. Not from where I was standing.

It seems the old fort has a new guard.

A beautiful sunset on an entertaining event. If you missed it, be sure to come next year; the festival is always changing.