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Gombey Festival returns this Saturday

The 2016 Gombey Festival comes to the W.E.R. Joell Tennis Stadium this Saturday.

The event is held annually to honour Bermuda’s cultural heritage — mixing dance, drumming and colourful attire.

Expect to see a wealth of performance styles from the different troupes participating, such as the freedom dance, cockfights, biblical stories and the snake dance.

Doors will open at 5pm, with the festival on Marsh Folly Road starting at 6pm and the finale at around 8.30pm — where the peewee Gombeys from each troupe will perform for three minutes apiece.

Also during the celebration, H&H Gombeys troupe founder Tyrone “Funk” Nesbitt will be honoured for his life’s contribution to the art form.

Sylvan Richards, Minister of Social Development and Sports, called the festival “an opportunity not to be missed”.

“With all the intricate costumes that have been created for each troupe, it will be a visual kaleidoscope of colours,” he added.