Opening Ceremony of CARIFESTA XI held at Independence Square ( Locally known Onafhankelijkheidsplein in Dutch) in Paramaribo, Suriname, South America at Friday 16th of August 2013.
Participating countries of CARIFESTA XI are Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Haiti, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Guyana, Cuba, French Guyana, Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil, Suriname, Indonesia, Anguilla, Curacao, South Korea, China, ST. Vincent and The Grenadines, Barbados, Chile, ST. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Argentina, Peru, The Netherlands, Bonaire, Dominican Republic, Mexico.
The Opening Ceremony presented by Mrs. Odette de Miranda and Mrs. Lygia Amania with voice of Borger Breeveld famous Surinamese artist. The ceremony Warmed up with Guno Ravenberg and also continued with warming up session with audience.
The opening call done with Ajida Dron and continued with military tattoo held by the Police & Military Band
Official speeches were held by Ashwin Adhin, The Minister of Education & Community Development of Suriname, I. LaRocque H.H. Ambassador, Secretary General of the CARICOM and ended with the speech of The President of Suriname Desiré Delano Bouterse.
The opening ceremony continued with Gymnastrade's “Welcome to Carifesta“, Performance by Shaolin Monks from the People’s Republic of China Parade of Nations, Theater production “Our culture, the essence of our future” and ended with light & firework shows.
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