“Coming Home” – The Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival Returns to India...

“Coming Home” – The Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival Returns to India Point Park

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PROVIDENCE – The Cape Verdean Independence Day Celebration sponsored by the Cape Verdean Subcommittee of the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission returns to the newly reopened India Point Park on Sunday, July 5, 2009 from noon to dusk. This year commemorates the 34th anniversary of the Independence of The Republic of Cape Verde.  The theme of this year’s festival “Coming Home: Guardians of preserving our voice in the memory and interpretation of Cape Verdean culture, traditions and heritage”. The festival goes from noon to dusk and features cultural, health and educational booths, traditional music, dance, food, arts and crafts from local artists and various activities for children.  The festival will be the kick off event for this year’s Sound Session which will run from July 5th through July 11th in Providence.

Three local cultural institutions:  the Cape Verdean American Development organization of Pawtucket (CACD); the Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit of East Providence; and the Fox Point Cape Verdean Project (FPCV) of Providence will be presenting exhibits based on the theme of “Coming Home” throughout the day at the Cultural Tent.

The Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit is the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the history and culture of Cape Verde and Cape Verdean Americans.  The FPCV Project focuses on the preservation, interpretation and creative expression of the history, traditions, legacy and stories of the Cape Verdean community displaced from Fox Point,   The Cape Verdean American Community Development organization addresses the social and educational needs of the Cape Verdean community.  Rhode Island is the second oldest and largest Cape Verdean community in the Cape Verdean Diaspora, and India Point Park is the home of the first Independence Day celebration in the United States.

“We are excited to be back at India Point Park in Fox Point for this year’s festival, after three years at Roger Williams Park.” said Cape Verde Subcommittee President, João Goncalves.   “The Cape Verdean people have a strong connection to India Point Park and have called it home for our festivals for over 30 years.  Our packet and passenger ships landed here and we lived and worked here.  There’s a lot of historical significance.”

All are welcome.  Come on out and enjoy the music, great food, cultural exhibits and see family and friends.

About the Cape Verdean Subcommittee (CV)

CVS is one of many subcommittees sponsored by the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.  The mission statement is “To preserve the traditions of the Cape Verdean culture by fostering pride in the ethnic heritage, and promote a sense of brotherhood and understanding among all citizens, through education, music, dance, food and arts for all ages.”

The organization has been organized for the past 33 years, responsible for the Annual Cape Verdean Independence Day Celebration in Rhode Island.  Since 1976, the Rhode Island Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival is one of the oldest and largest celebrations in the United States of the Cape Verdean Independence Day.

For more information about the show, contact João Goncalves, President of Cape Verdean Subcommitte at 860-874-2375 or jman4242@comcast.net

Sent by the Cape Verdean Subcommittee of the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

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