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Jun 15, 2011

Celebrations for 30th Anniversary of Belize’s Independence

Celebrations to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Belize’s independence are just around the corner. A logo and theme were unveiled today and this year a number of new events will be incorporated in the revelry. There’s a Prime Minister’s Forum, a National Wear initiative and the carnival will be launched earlier than usual. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports from the House of Culture.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

This morning the National Celebrations Commission unveiled the logo and theme to commemorate this year’s independence and Battle of St. George’s Caye:

Seleni Matus

Seleni Matus, Director of Tourism, BTB

“Honoring our history, celebrating our cultures, uniting in peace. This theme really captures our Belizean identity, our sense of peace and also the growth of our nation. So we invite all Belizeans both here and abroad to join us in celebrating this momentous milestone.”

Diane Haylock, Co-Chair of the Commission says that this year marks an important milestone in Belize’s history:

Diane Haylock

Diane Haylock, Co-Chair of the National Celebrations Commission

“This year marks the two hundred and thirteenth anniversary of the battle of St. George’s Caye and more importantly the thirtieth anniversary of Belize’s independence as a nation state. What does or should this milestone year mean for Belize and her people? We have experienced some very challenging times in the life our nation and as we move into this greater level of adulthood period it is vitally important that we do not allow those challenges to overcome, to override, or to down trodden us in this our thirtieth year of independence it is time for us to triumph over these adversities.”

This year’s September Celebrations will see new activities and some of the usual anticipated events:

Nigel Encalada

Nigel Encalada, Director of ISCR

“I’m very proud to say that we’re organizing what is called the Prime Minister’s Forum. We have the benefit currently of having all four our Prime Ministers since Independence still with us and they have been invited to participate in this forum and they have been asked to reflect on our country over the past thirty years.”

Greg Vernon

Greg Vernon, Director ICA

“We’re also launching today the National Wear that we’re asking designers to come up with several national wears that will depict the culture, the elements and what Belize is made of. Speaking of Carnival Calendar, Carnival will be launched this twenty-fifth of June. Of course this is the official day to say yes there will be a carnival. We’re celebrating thirty-eight years of Carnival in Belize. Coming in right on the tail on July tenth and July eleventh the UWI, Mona Campus Singers who under the patronage of our Governor General of Belize Sir Colville Young will be doing two shows one in Belmopan and the other in Belize City. Going right into August twentieth we’re looking at our song competition again we’re looking at memorial park to host this song competition and we’re looking for launching this and we’re looking for senior and junior competitors. We will be partying in the streets so tighten yuh belt, pull up yuh pants strap it een we’re out for party.”

Yanick Dalhouse

To bring together Belizeans for this year’s celebrations from ‘yaad’ and ‘abroad,’ the BTB today launched its BTB Diaspora Homecoming Initiative, naming Kim Simplis Barrow as its spokesperson:

Yanick Dalhouse, Director of Marketing, BTB

“The BTB Marketing team has put a lot of thought and fully developed this project which we hope will not only encourage members of our Diaspora to return home but also encourage you our local Belizeans to make a special call to those loved ones living around the world and invite them home to this monumental occasion.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

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2 Responses for “Celebrations for 30th Anniversary of Belize’s Independence”

  1. Charlie Price says:

    Belizeans should stand with right hand over their hearts as the National Anthem is played.

    The announcer may have to request this from the audience…to SHOW NATIONAL PRIDE.

  2. Village gal says:

    @ Charlie i agree if we can do it in America we can do it in BELIZE.I hope that all BELIZEANS will vote for it.

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