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festival3Every year the Ministry of Education schedules a day for preschools and for primary schools to showcase drama, singing, and dance presentations. The day is called the Festival of Arts, and is an event eagerly anticipated by the students, their teachers and their parents. This morning primary schools from the rural Orange Walk district took center stage to display their talents.

With over 45 presentations on the agenda today, the Multipurpose Complex was crowded with onlookers anticipating the Festival of Arts 2011.

Yari Catzim- Reporting

With a panel of four judges, this morning the Festival of Arts for primary schools was in full swing by nine. There were 29 presentations prepared on this morning’s agenda.

The performance by the Indian Church Government School this morning was based on portraying social issues.

Jose Lopez- Indian Church Government School

“I feel very good because they did a very good job and I think the message was clear about the drugs that they were presenting because it is in our society.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Why did you choose to focus on that topic?”

Jose Lopez- Indian Church Government School

“Well because it is one of the problems affecting the children, adults, the young everybody.”

For two weeks the children had been practicing and today they were eager to take the stage.

judithJudith Reyes- Student

“I am proud of this presentation because this sounds very good.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Is this something that you enjoy?”

Judith Reyes- Student

“Yes I enjoy it.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Does this presentation help you to be less shy when it comes to doing other presentations?”

Judith Reyes- Student

“Yes because I was shy and nervous now I am not.”

Trinidad Government School delighted everyone with a Creole dance. Teacher Victoria Carrillo says that her students were more enthusiastic about dancing on stage than showing off any other talent.

Victoria Carrillo- Teacher Trinidad Government School

“First of all they were a little shy but then I encouraged them to break that shell and come out and show that they have talent”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Did you enjoy what you were doing today?”

rizeliRizeli Tun-Student

“Yes.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Do you like the dancing and the dramatization coming out and doing a show for the audience?”

Rizeli Tun-Student

“Yes.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“How does it help you to express yourself more?”

Rizeli Tun-Student

“It is beautiful.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“It does not make you shy anymore?”

Rizeli Tun-Student

“No.”

San Estevan RC School came to the festival prepared with a cultural dance.

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Is it something that you enjoy coming out on stage and presenting?”

Israel Torres- Student

“Yes.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“So this presentation helps you to be less shy when you are presenting in your class and less shy when you it comes to expressing yourself.”

Israel Torres

“Yes.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“How do you feel making this presentation?”

festival4Yassuri Bustillos- Student

“Good”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Is it something that you like?”

Yassuri Bustillos- Student

“Yes.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Cultural dances.”

Yassuri Bustillos- Student

“Yes.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Is this the first time that you go on stage to make a presentation?”

Yassuri Bustillos- Student

“No.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“So you are use to it?”

Yassuri Bustillos- Student

“Yes.”

The teachers preparing their students for these presentations say it also allows each student to express themselves through art.

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Is it something that your students look forward to?”

Jose Lopez- Indian Church Government School

“Yes it is a very good for them so that they can get exposed and send this message to the public. I feel very good because they did a very good job and I think the message was clear about the drugs that they were presenting because it is in our society.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Why did you choose to focus on that topic?”

Jose Lopez- Indian Church Government School

“Well because it is one of the problems affecting the children, adults, the young everybody.”

victoriaVictoria Carrillo- Teacher Trinidad Government School

“It’s very good it is an A for those organizers because they are exposing children and letting the people know that they are not going to school only academically but coming out and showing that they have talent and a variety of things to offer.”

In the afternoon 25 presentations were scheduled, all from schools within Orange Walk Town, and we’ll have the highlights for you in our next segment.

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