Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2019

St. Maarten Day 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary

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Philipsburg – St. Martin Day 2019. A 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary celebration of Kinship, an indomitable spirit of solidarity, resilience, and endurance. This 60th Anniversary of St. Martin Day, a people’s day celebration as envisioned by our founding fathers Dr. Claude Wathey and Dr. Hubert Petit, and brought to life yearly by dedicated civil servants, cultural activists, and knowledge bearers, who work diligently to ensure that this vision of togetherness is observed, comes alive again this year November 11, 2019. Under the theme WE-Story, our heroes and heroines, our cultural icons and cultural traditions will be celebrated in grand style, on Friday, November 8, Sunday, November 10 and Monday, November 11 in a celebration committed to sharing and reminding the community of past glories, challenges conquered and pinnacles achieved.

Friday, November 8, 6 pm kicks of St. Martin Day celebrations with the ONE SXM YOUTH concert. Coordinated by Lucinda Audain of Funtopia ONE SXM YOUTH concert is a showcase of the voices of our youth, their stories as they live the St.Maarten vision. The concert will also launch the world premiere of the short film “St.Maarten is My Home “ by noted filmmaker Atahlia Daye Rogers and proceeds to weave through a tapestry of song, dances, skits, fashion shows, and spoken word that will all pay tribute to St. Maarten.

Sunday, November 10 starting at 4:30 pm in the tradition of jollification, a coming together of community to build homes, will feature Sunday Spiritual Jollification. A coming together in spirit to praise and worship, build community, solidify our commitment to be that nation that puts God first in all things. The Spiritual Jollification coordinated by Benjamin Bell features Harmonics, Torch, Unison Band, God’s Chosen Band Cecil Griffith) God’s Chosen Band, Shanella James–Romney, Shawn J, and Benjamin Bell) and other noteworthy luminaries of the gospel genre giving praise and thanks to the almighty in our unique Sweet St. Maarten style.

Monday, November 11 the dawn of the 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary will begin with the melodious sound of voices in praise and worship at the Philipsburg Methodist Church on Front Street. The Official St. Maarten day Program is as follows:
6:30 am Praise and worship at Methodist church Front Street
7:00 am church service at Methodist church Front Street
8:30 am Wreath Laying at Belleview View monument
9:30 am Uniform Parade Front Street starting at Walter Plantz Pier
10 am to 11:30 official St.Maarten ceremony at festival village
10 am opening of 1975 time capsule
10:15 present the 2019 time capsule
10:30 official speeches French and Dutch dignitaries
11:00 am Burial of 2019 time capsule at the Government Administration Building
11:15 Official St.Maarten Day toast
1 pm to 4 pm Traditional Games sports Lab academy by Les Brown at Little League
2 pm to 5 pm Cultural Parade Departs Jose lake Cooper ballpark to L.B.Scott road,
to Bush road to Walter Nisbeth Road to Festival village
5:30 Movie St.Maarten is my home festival Village
6 pm to 10 pm Concert for St.Maarten Featuring St.Maarten 12 Kaiso monarch
Calypso Monarch Morenika Arrindell aka Shakiya
Calypso Monarch Empress Zee Z’haira Richardson
Calypso Monarch Ruminni “The Protégé” Rogers
Calypso Monarch Stephens “King Jacko Mc Cauley
Calypso Monarch Sir Isidore York aka Mighty Dow
Calypso Monarch Marvin King Stunky Dollison
Calypso Monarch Clements Richards aka Kaiso Brat
Calypso Monarch Ricky da Phox Bertie
Calypso Monarch Keith Carty king Repeater
Calypso Monarch Victor Richardson Genius
Calypso Monarch Alberto Arrindell Da Mega boss
Calypso Monarch Leroy king if kings Beau Beau Brooks
National Institute of Arts symphony youth Orchestra
Dennis Ramajan Maestro Young Musicians
Ebony Steel Youth Orchestra
Rappers Sigma Defense and Simple Tunes
Poets Tamara Groeneveldt, Raymond Helliger & Sjorensly Valies
Dance companies Dancing Dimension, Grain D’Or, Jonathan Arneman, Ihndisu
Dance Theatre NIA Naomi Warsop
St. Martin Community choir
Vocalist Shanella Romney James

All concerts and events take place at the Festival Village and Little Ball Park and are free to the general public. The entire public is strongly encouraged to attend these events and participate as much as possible. For more information please contact the Department of Culture, MECYS via 721-520-5340 and/or mecysdoc@gmail.com.

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