PR – Grenlec commends both the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Festival and the Petite Martinique Whitsuntide Regatta Committees on the successful completion of their celebrations.
Both Festivals were supported in part by the Grenlec Community Partnership Initiative (GCPI).
This year’s Maroon Festival was staged under the theme “Let’s celebrate our culture and traditions, they fortify us against adversities”.
And indeed, it was the truest test of adversity with an islandwide outage caused by a fire at Grenlec’s Carriacou Power Plant on the morning of 28 April, the Festival’s opening day.
With Grenlec and the community working together, the impact on the festivities was minimal.
All this leads us to a deeper appreciation of the extent to which cultural practices define a people.
It is for this reason that Arts, Heritage and Culture remains a priority of the GCPI programme.
At this time Grenlec is highlighting its decades long partnership with the Petite Martinique Whitsuntide Regatta, the Carriacou Regatta, the Carriacou Parang Festival and the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Festival.
These festivals are vibrant and colourful, their elements resonate with us and express the fullness of our Grenadian experiences and the rich cultural practices of our people.
The gathering of the partners was conducted in an atmosphere full of joy and hopeful excitement that Grenlec cementing its commitment, annual grant disbursements, would see them fulfil their collective desire to host the festivals on a grander scale.
This sentiment was expressed by each partner:
Grenlec’s support ensures a showcase, performances and continuity.
Carriacou Maroon and String Band Festival Committee
Grenlec’s Corporate sponsorship has carried the festival through the ages.
Carriacou Regatta Committee
The Whitsuntide Regatta is our major revenue earner, the only festival on the island. We feel forgotten by all but Grenlec and are extremely grateful for this partnership.
Petite Martinique Whitsuntide Regatta Festival Committee
The GCPI partnership has been there from inception and has ensured the life of the festival.
Carriacou Parang Committee
It is the Company’s goal to support the organisations that are working to ensure the survival of our unique cultural heritage.
Mr. Wallace Collins
Grenlec’s Branch Manager, Carriacou and Petite Martinique
The Grenlec Community Partnership Initiative (GCPI), funded through 5% of Grenlec’s pre-tax profits, has a mandate to improve the quality of life of individuals, groups, and the communities in which the Company operates.
Grenlec is pleased to be associated with festivals throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.