Month Of Activities Planned For 30th Anniversary Of Independence

by LK Hewlett
Story Updated: August 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm


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The Committee responsible for the 30th Anniversary of Independence activities has unveiled a long list of events meant to involve the entire population.

Permanent Secretary of Social Development and Culture Sharon is cheering this year’s committee and today (Aug 27) revealed the many activities for the month-long celebration being held under the theme “Stability, Creativity and Prosperity: celebrating Independence 30”. St. Kitts-Nevis celebrates Independence Day on September 19th, a public holiday in the Federation.

The first week of activities in September has been dubbed National Health and Fitness, week two National Arts Festival, week three National Pride and week four National Family Week.

During the Health week there will be a community “Run-a-mile” event on Sunday 1st, panel discussion on national radio/TV station covering sports over the past 30 years on Monday 2nd, a body balance fitness session at the back of the old Treasury Building on Wednesday 4th, health fair on Friday 6th along with the opening of a Hemodialysis Unit at the JNF Hospital and National Fitness Day on Saturday 7th with cycling in Molineux, running in Cayon and walking in Keys.

Week two will see conversations with various artistes on radio stations and a panel discussion on ZIZ radio/TV about the Arts on the 8th, opening of the National Arts Festival and Folklore Splendor on the 9th, Visual Arts Day at Independence Square and Ministers’ visits to schools on the 10th, Literary Day at Independence Square and Prime Minister’s Lecture Series at ECCB on the 11th, Independence Gala Night in front the old Treasury on the 12th, National Potpourri Day and National Colors Parade on the 13th, and Music on the Square on the 14th.

National Pride week includes National Day of Prayer and State Service at the St. Georges Anglican Church on Sunday 15th, Wreath laying and distribution of Community Awards on the 16th (National Heroes Day), a special 30-year Awards Cocktail on the 17th, School Patriotic program and Independence treat and Independence Super-concert and fireworks on the 18th; National Dress Day, Independence Parade, community block parties, lighting ceremony at the Solar Farm, and Governor’s Cocktail on Independence Day (19th), National Colors day/ Drill competition on the Bay Road, and launch of a Constituency Program on the 20th, and a Patriotic J’Ouvert Jam on Saturday 21st.

Activities for week four includes Defence Force Sunset Recital on Sunday 22, Launch of Ministry’s Bright Spot on the 23rd, National Service Day, and elocution contest for high schools on the 25th, Know your Country Quiz for secondary schools on the 26th, and National Blood Drive and a proposed Calypso Show on the 28th; Older Persons’ Service of Songs, and dance recital at ECCB on the 29th and Burial of time capsules on the 30th.

The Committee also announced an Independence 30 National Cake and Cupcake Competition and a National Colors Competition. Details of these and other events can found on the St. Christopher and Nevis Independence 30 Facebook page.

PS Rattan encouraged all to tune in to radio stations for various committee members who will this week make appearances to provide more information on the month of Independence 30 activities.

She also encouraged the nation to “muster their national pride” and participate in the events since there is something for everyone to enjoy as the country celebrates its 30th year of Independence.