Youth perform a masquerade dance.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — St. Christopher’s Children’s Home residents were all smiles and in good spirits for the Christmas Season on Dec. 22 as they were greeted with folklore renditions by local artists and staff from the Ministry of Culture at the 2nd Annual Folklore Extravaganza.

A host of activities included masquerades, drumming, dance and vocal renditions. Each performance represented different aspects of the Federation’s culture.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Tom Buchanan, said the objective of the event is to bring folklore to the children and residents of the Children’s Home.

Buchanan said the performances are heartfelt events that bring joy to the residents of the Children’s Home. He thanked the department for hosting the event for a second year.

“This is very remarkable, commendable and really honourable,” Buchanan said. “I am happy to be a part of it. I am thankful to the Department of Culture for conceiving this event and making it happen. We are hoping that this continues to happen into the distant future.”

Director of the Children’s Home, Margaret Stevens, shared a warm thank you to the performers and the Department of Culture for hosting the event.

“One of the things that really touches me is that a number of children are performing, which for me means that our culture is in good hands,” Mrs. Stevens said. “It means our culture, our history and our heritage are being passed on. They will continue to be passed on to the youth of our Federation. I am so honoured that the Children’s Home is a part of this extravaganza and I hope that it continues for many more years to come.”