Laborie offers an annual Calendar of Festivals. It is part of our vision of a community where arts and culture contribute to community development, job creation and cultural identity, and where residents, especially young people, appreciate artistic expression and enhance their creative skills.
Under the auspices of the Laborie Development Foundation, the organisers of the various community festivals in Laborie have come together to coordinate the production of events aimed at stimulating economic growth, providing quality entertainment and developing the arts in Laborie.
At present, there are three festivals that are officially placed on this calendar:
PAINT THE VILLAGE
Hosted by painter Jonathan Gladding, this event brings together a number of artists from various parts of the island to work together on selected subjects and themes. The first edition of Paint the Village, which is part of Nobel Laureate Week, was held in 2016.
LABORIE FREEDOM MAS
This Carnival event focuses on Emancipation and on the historical roots of Carnival in the Caribbean.
On 1 August 1834, slavery officially ended in Saint Lucia and the rest of the British Caribbean, but the struggle for true economic freedom and cultural sovereignty continues!
Laborie Freedom Mas is a family oriented activity that incorporates the experience gained in recent years of hosting carnival and other cultural events in our community.
This Festival, which began in 2014, provides the resident pan side Laborie Steel Orchestra with the opportunity to showcase its talent alongside fellow pan players and bands from around Saint Lucia.
Laborie Steel Orchestra - Champions, Panorama 2016
In addition, Laborie is host to a number of other cultural festivals and cultural events, including Fishers’ Feast in June, the Lawòz and Lamagwit Flower Festivals, activities held within Creole Heritage Month (October) and Kolasyon Nwèl (December).
The community of Laborie also hosts a monthly street festival, Festen Labowi [Click to visit Facebook page].
In support of these and other activities, the Laborie Development Foundation convenes the annual Laborie Development Forum that serves as a platform for public discourse and dialogue on development initiatives in the community. The most recent Forum took place on Sunday 6 March 2016, with over 80 participants.