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Panel to discuss St James History

June 4, 2001

AS the inaugural St James Festival continues, the history of the village will be publicly discussed tonight at the amphitheatre on Western Main Road.

The festival, called WeBeat the Merging of Cultures, began on Friday last and will run until this Saturday. WeBeat has so far featured late night sidewalk shopping and entertainment events featuring indigenous arts, focusing on dance and pan music.

On Sunday night, scores of villagers and visitors thronged the amphitheatre to take in pan music from the Woodbrook Playboyz, St James Tripolians, panorama champions Arima All Stars and tassa music from the Bis-Ali drummers and yesterday the festival shifted gears to offer free health checks to villagers.

Tonight, a three-member panel, comprising historian Michael Anthony, former Port of Spain Mayor and popular St James resident Stephenson Sargeant and council representative Kent Taylor, will speak on the origins and evolution of the village.

Moderator will be Express writer Terry Joseph for the discussion (called the Sidewalk historians), which will be carried live on Power 102 FM from 7 pm.


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