Yesterday, this years Suriname Heritage Festival was officially opened in Fort Nieuw Amsterdam. The evening saw different cultural acts, in one of which District Commisioner Ingrid Bink Karta even participated, the honoring of two of Commewijne’s most reknown fishermen and a presentation of Cynthia Abrahams giving us a detailed insight on Suriname’s most inspiring poet, Dobru.
It has been over 2 months since the first ever Suriname Heritage Festival was hosted in Commewijne, so we would like to provide you with a short update of life after the Festival.
A clean festival:
We are glad to mention that we had a relatively clean Heritage Festival, with thanks to the local community of Commewijne and the Samarja Foundation, whose efforts did not go unnoticed. During my latest visit to the plantation of Rust & Werk, one of the festival locations, the plastic disposal trash bins which were provided by the Samarja Foundation during the Suriname Heritage Festival were still in place and used on a daily basis.
Open day MECC:
The Music Education Center of Commewijne (MECC), which provided visitors of the Heritage Festival with music workshops at the cultural and culinary festival, will be hosting an open day this Monday (tomorrow), the 25th of April between 5 and 8 PM. Rudolf Mingoen, the director of MECC invites you all to come and pay a visit. The open day will be held at the public school in Tamanredjo, across from the local Hakrinbank. To view the invitation (in Dutch) click here .
Photography exhibition SHF:
Currently a photography exhibition of the Suriname Heritage Festival is being held on http://picturesuriname.com. The exhibition features work from Janos Beyer, Simone Reeder, Helio Phoeli, Christian Morpurgo and other photographers present at this years Suriname Heritage Festival. At the moment, the website feature the pictures taken by Simone Reeder. To visit the website click here, if you would only like to view the pictures, click here.
Pictures of last night’s Fish Festival have been uploaded on Facebook. Visit us at www.facebook.com/Suriname.Heritage.Festival
A small preview:
It is weekend and the Suriname Heritage Festival is in full swing. Several bike tours have already started and in case you are wondering what to do and where to visit, consider the following:
- The Green Market at Tamanredjo will start at 10.00. The market is open until 18.00, with a special surprise around 17.00. Entrance is free.
- The Sugar Festival at Marienburg also starts at 10.00, with the launch a new children’s book about the history of Marienburg and special performances between 13.00 and 15.00. This activity also closes its doors at 18.00. Entrance is free.
- The Fish Market at Visserijcentrum has already stated. Today we urge you to bring your own fishing gear and compete with other fisherman to catch the biggest, heaviest or ugliest fish. Entrance and fishing are free, participating in the fishing competition (to win prices) for only SRD 10.
- You can take a boat from Leonsberg to Nieuw Amsterdam (Visserijcentrum) and Rust & Werk. A day ticket (unlimited travel) is available at Discover Suriname (Next to ‘t Vat, tel: 421818) or at the boatsmen at Leonsberg.
- Visit the plantation of Rust & Werk for sightseeing (free) or take an Agro Tour to discover the plantation into further detail (SRD 15)
- Last but not least, visit the Suriname Heritage Party night at Nieuw Amsterdam, starting from 18.00 with acts such as Enver, Jogaman among others and other special events as car audio battles.
See you there!
After the opening ceremony yesterday the Suriname Heritage Festival started off its activities today. Below you will find a quick impression of today’s events at “Visserijcentrum Commewijne” and “Rust & Werk”.
Currently the Fish Grill and BBQ is taking place at the “Visserijcentrum Commewijne”, where all BBQ’s have been lit and visitors can find a variety of fish delicacies such as Bang Bang Sate and Curry Fish Roti.
The festival program (which you can find under “Commewijne 2011“) has been updated. Almost all events are made interactive, meaning that you can simply click on an event that you are interested in and more detailed information about that particular event will show up on your screen.
What to do on Feb 11th:
- Get to Commewijne, by car or by boat
- Visit the “Visserijcentrum Commewijne” for the Fish Market, Traditional Fishing Tour, Fish Expo (by day) and the Fish Grilled & BBQ (by night)
- Take a boat at Leonsberg or Nw. Amsterdam and pay a visit to Rust & Werk and go sightseeing or take part in an Agro Tour
- Visit Tamansari for the Agro Experiments
Commewijne awaits you!
The Suriname Heritage Festival has officially started. This afternoon the opening ceremony took place, with several performances of different cultural groups, speeches and presence of the organization, local representatives, the government, foreign ambassadors among others, the festival was officialy opened and the Heritage Monument was revealed.
Below some first impressions: