Vendors at the Constitution Day celebration and ICH marketplace on Monday giving a woman a sample of watermelon. (John Halley photo)
PHILIPSBURG–The Culture Department, in collaboration with the St. Maarten National Commission NatCom for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), hosted a Constitution Day ecumenical church service and an official launch of St. Maarten’s first Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) inventory at Saints Simon and Jude Anglican Church on Back Street in Philipsburg on Monday.
The ICH marketplace was set up in the Old Street parking lot, adjacent to the church. At the marketplace, local ICH practitioners and vendors displayed and sold traditional arts, crafts, food and drink, and natural remedies and products.
The theme for the event was “Culture Constitution: A Symbiotic Synergy for Country Excellence”. The ICH launch was released under the awareness campaign “I Remember Intangible Cultural Heritage”, which is designed to bring awareness to cultural traditions and practice.
The ICH launch ceremony was scheduled to feature an address by caretaker Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Minister Wycliffe Smith, a performance by poet Tamara Groeneveldt, and presentations by Culture Department Head Clara Reyes and UNESCO Secretary General Marcellia Henry.
Charity Cantave of The Johnny Caker was also to give a presentation entitled “Innovation of Traditional Eats.”
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/91710-church-service-marketplace-held-for-constitution-day