By Rubén Morales Iglesias: NICH is setting up Emancipation Day Calendar of Events on August 1 and is calling on the community to join in.
For the first time ever, Belize will observe Emancipation Day on August 1 which has been declared a Public and Bank Holiday.
Emancipation Day commemorates the day enslaved African were declared free in what was the British Caribbean in 1838.
Therefore, NICH is making a call for anyone who is organizing and event to call them so they can include them in the Calendar of Events. The deadline is July 16.
“Are you hosting an event or community-based initiative in observance of Emancipation Day? Submit your event or initiative to be included in the Emancipation Day Calendar of Events,” said NICH ona flyer posted on social media. “The calendar will be published virtually by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).”
NICH said the events and actions may focus on emancipation, resistance to enslavement, empowerment of Black and African descendant communities in modern Belize, and African identity and heritage including music, food, dance, ritual, spiritual practices, folklore, and so on.
NICH said individuals, groups organizations and businesses “can participate by organizing and hosting an educational lecture, play, cultural performance, musical production, book launch, contest, show, workshop, offer business promotions and specials, etc.”
Submissions can be sent by email to [email protected] or by calling 227-2110 or 223-4524.
The information should include the event’s name, name of organization or individual, venue (virtual or on-site), date and time, and a brief description.”