ACDA prepares for biggest-ever Emancipation celebration

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THE customary buzz and festivity that surrounds Emancipation celebrations is definitely in the air, and the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) is indeed preparing for one of the biggest celebrations ever.

ACDA Representative Eric Phillips told this newspaper that, as ACDA celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the Berbice Slave Rebellion, it will be hosting massive celebrations on Thursday, August 01, at the National Park to also observe the 175th commemoration of the complete abolition of slavery in Guyana.

The event also serves as a catalyst to honour the 1823 Martyrs, and much effort and creativity has been infused in this year’s celebrations.

Thursday’s programme will include spectacular performances by the Ethiopian Jugglers, Kenyan Acrobats, Nigerian Mime Group, the Fire Dancers of Suriname, and the Capoeira Dancers, with musical entertainment supplied by the Guyana Swaree Band.
Added attractions will be staged in the form of a sizzling fashion show featuring African fashion, and patrons can win prizes for the Best African Attire. Top local artistes have been carded to perform, and there will also be an exciting Children’s Centre, puppets, story-telling, educational boots, culture craft, food booths, and music galore.

Admission to the event has been set at $300 for adults and $100 for children.