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Nov 13, 2009

Bruk Dong competition keeps Kriol culture alive

With Christmas on the horizon, it’s time for the annual Bruk Down competition, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Culture and History. The event takes place every year at the House of Culture, and artists are being encouraged to sign up at the Institute of Creative Arts. ICA’s program officer says that the December twelfth competition will also include a Kriol Food and Craft expo.

Clive Myers, Program Officer, I.C.A.
“This year, like last year, we have opened the category for young participants where we are trying to branch the entire genre of music to the young generation so that the music can live on in our society.”

Jose Sanchez
“At the same time this event is happening at the House of Culture, what else is happening on that particular day?”

Clive Myers
“Well, earlier in the day starting at twelve o’clock until about five will be a Kriol expo where Belizeans can go, take their children, the family entirely can present themselves at the House of Culture and experience Kriol at its best where we’ll have Kriol foods such as the rice and beans from fire hearth and different regular Kriol cuisines along with bitters, rum popo, Kriol gifts, artifacts, the little miniature instruments and just Bram music.”

Last year’s winner of the Bruk Down competition was Kurl Miller of Gilharry Seven Band. He won with the song “Granny No Play When it Come Out To Christmas Day” which was inspired by his grandmother.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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