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NICH announces documentary on ‘Kriol Christmas bram’

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017. 10:22 am CST.

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017. 10:20 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research announces the production and launch of Volume 3 of the Belize Cultural Celebrations Series: Christmas Bram – A Kriol Christmas.

The Bram was once widely celebrated in Kriol communities such as Belize City and those along the Belize River Valley. Today, it has largely survived in Gales Point.

The documentary presents valuable information about the history and origins of the festivity, as well as descriptions of the Bram as it is currently practiced. It includes interviews with community elders, musicians, dancers, and cultural resource persons, along with the sound of the ‘brukdong’ music.

This educational video is the third in a series of documentary videos and accompanying posters which highlights Belize’s Cultural Celebrations, and forms part of a broader initiative to implement the UNESCO 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Belize.

The materials were presented to the students of the Gales Point Government School, on Friday June 16th, and at a community presentation later that day.

Educators, students, parents, tour guides, the media, and the general public are encouraged to utilize these educational and informative materials for the purpose of building awareness and appreciation for Belize’s cultural heritage.

The video can be viewed on the Institute for Social and Cultural Research YouTube Channel and Facebook page, and is available for free distribution via the Institute for Social and Cultural Research/NICH to all educational and cultural institutions.

For information on how your institution can receive its copy please contact [email protected].


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