Castries, Saint Lucia (December 13th, 2018): Under the festive lights at the Sir Derek Walcott Square, the Chair of the Independence Committee and President of the Senate, the Honourable Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre officially launched the Saint Lucian 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations with a launch song and year long calendar of events. The anniversary will be marked under the theme:


Our Journey Our Future

The addition of the launch of the calendar of activities to mark the start of our 40th Independence Anniversary was well received. As our nation celebrated the Feast of our Patron saint St. Lucy with the spectacular showing at the Lantern Parade and Festival of Lights, the announcement that we will start the celebration of our 40th Independence Anniversary from tonight for a year, added to the festive mood.

According to Honourable Giraudy-McIntyre, ‘We mark this historic milestone in the life of our proud young nation with a calendar of events lasting one full year…a  year of praise and thanksgiving, a year of taking pride in our nation’s many achievements, a year of remembering our journey since that faithful day in February 1979”.

For the Chair, the year is about progression, reflection on where we have been and where we are going. It is also about the forward motion with all in, moving in the right direction.

The launch of the independence activities also entailed a full calendar of events and an official launch video, both accessible on social media @IndependenceSlu40, and on the official website on The video was developed by a group of young and talented Saint Lucians who came together to celebrate our humble nation; Kermany “Loggo” Lionel the Project Manager & Director, Dwight Florent as Producer, Writers include Rashaad Joseph, Michael Robinson, Teddyson John & Tori Elle and Poetry supplied by Curmiah Lisette.

This month, various competitions will be launched including the Pli Bel Vilaj and the Pli Bel Komesysal, Independence Song, all adding to the amazing line up for the yearlong celebration. For more information on the full calendar of events and participation in the activities, contact us on, visit us on social media @IndependenceSlu40 on Facebook, Instagram and youtube or

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