Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2018 - Page 54

Wadadli Day Festival Saturday August 04, 2018 Submitted by: Gilbert Laudat Wadadli Day, the island’s single largest display of indigenous culture, will be held on Saturday August 04, 2018 at Victoria Park alias Botanical Gardens. This spectacular event has been in existence for the past 16 years and was established to showcase Antigua’s Heritage. At this event, a wide variety of some of the very best, in Art and Craft, Visual Arts, Culinary Arts and Dance will be showcased as they celebrate what makes Antigua unique. The organisers expect the usual turn out of hundreds of Antiguans and Barbudans to witness many of the enjoyable traditions of years gone by. The activity is organised by the Cultural Development Division. Wadadli Day is more than just a fun activity. It is an effort to ensure that many of the island’s rich traditions are kept alive and well for generations to come. Further, patrons can expect the usual fun mix of exhibition items and fun activities during the event, which runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Traditional dishes like funji and saltfish, cha cha dumplings, ducanna and a variety of local drinks will be available. The creativity of designers in the art and craft industry will also be on full display. Entertainment will be provided by local calypsonians, as well as the Party Monarch and Road March King. There will be face- painting and the bounce-castle for the children, with cultural performances from traditional cultural performers. Other presentations will come from Steel Bands. One of Antigua’s favourite bands, Factory, will bring the curtains down on the activities. Antigua’s National Dish Fungi & Pepperpot