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Resourcefulness of Bermudians to be celebrated in Heritage Month

The Bermuda Day Parade - a highlight of Heritage Month (Photograph supplied)

Heritage Month will be marked this May under the theme of “A Bermudian Renaissance”.

Owen Darrell, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, said the theme was chosen to highlight the resourcefulness of Bermudians.

“Even though we hail from a small, isolated island, we have always found inventive ways to redefine who we are,” he said.

Heritage Month will bring extra focus on “the talents and identities that continue to shape and evolve our national identity”.

Speaking at a Budget press conference on Thursday, Mr Darrell said the Department of Culture would continue with its short film series entitled “Gold Bermudians”, showing international success stories.

Films to premiere at the end of March will feature the stories of the late actor Earl Cameron, musician Lance Hayward, diver Katura Horton-Perinchief, artist Michael Frith and Olympic winning boxer Clarence Hill.

He said a programme to bring “tradition-bearers” into schools would continue in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

The programme brings local “master artisans” into primary or middle schools to offer workshops on building “uniquely Bermudian items, structures, and art pieces”.

Mr Darrell said that at present, Milton Hill was working with groups of students at Whitney and Clearwater Middle schools to construct a traditional wooden fitted dinghy.

He added: “So far, the feedback has been very encouraging, and we are stepping up our plans to expand this signature programme.”

• To read the minister’s statement in full, click on the PDF under “Related Media”.

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Published February 25, 2023 at 7:35 am (Updated February 25, 2023 at 7:35 am)

Resourcefulness of Bermudians to be celebrated in Heritage Month

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