East Coast youth group commemorating 1823 Demerara slave revolt

The Paradise, Bachelors Adventure and Melanie Damishana (PARBAMEL) Community Development Youth Group will host a week of activities to commemorate the 1823 Demerara slave revolt beginning August 20th.

In a press release, Aaron Blackman, Public Relations Officer of the group, stated that the activities are intended to remember “those brave  Africans who dared to stand up and demanded their right to be freed men, resulting in over 200 of them… being slaughtered by British soldiers.”

The activities will begin on Saturday at 6pm, with the official launch in the form of a libation ceremony, followed directly after by lectures and a literary exhibition.

On Sunday, from 11am there will be a fun day at the Melanie playfield, while on Monday at 2pm, the community library will be launched. Wednesday will see senior citizens being honoured and entertained by the youth group and this activity commences at 4pm. There will a children’s costume parade through the communities on Thursday, beginning from 7am, while on Friday there will be a “20 dollar concert” to be hosted from 5pm. On Saturday there is to be a night of poetry from 6pm.

To wrap up the week’s activities, there will be a grand variety concert featuring ACDA Nzinga dancers and drummers on Sunday, with an adult and children’ show at 2pm and 7 pm, respectively.

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