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For the past two consecutive years the “Corozal Organization Leading Cultural Heritage and Art” COLCHA, has been hosting its annual Festival de la Hispanidad y Mestisaje and this year is no exception. This year the event will take place on the 10th, 11th and 12th of October at grounds of the House of Culture in Corozal.

According to COLCHA’s president, David Ackierman, this weekend’s agenda is filled with activity starting off on Friday at 7:00pm with a Historical Lecture on Northern Belize.

Screen_Shot_2014-10-07_at_7.49.52_PMDavid Ackierman – COLCHA

“This year we have change a little the dynamics of what we are doing this year and we are going to start at 7pm here at the House of Culture and we will be having a lecture done by Mr. Roy Rodriguez entitled the Evolution of the Sugar Cane Industry and its impact to the political structure here the northern Belize, then we continue with a concert on Saturday night, last year we started with the concert concept and this year we continue with the concerts concepts but this year we are having an international band by the group of Bernacolo, they are a group of seven and it is percussion and brass and they play music from the 80’s right up to modern times, and then on Sunday at 6pm we will have cultural presentations with a mixture of local artist and international artist.”

But what drives the group to carry out the event yearly, it’s all about keeping culture alive says, Ackierman.

David Ackierman – COLCHA

“If we go way back and I think we started last year the coordinator of House of Culture did and exhibit and this in conjunction with the Pan – American day, this was a tradition that was kept way back in the 70’s  and then it disappeared, it disappeared, the Pan-American is a pubic and bank holiday but it has to do with the ethnicity, with the ethnic group, and we are no different, Corozal is a melting pot of different cultures, so Hispanidad, because we have the Spanish influence and the Meztizaje because we are a mixture, so people would say this is a Spanish thing this is not a Spanish thing Meztizaje stands for any blend of mixture whether it is Eat Indian and Spanish, East Indian and Garifuna that is a Mestizo Mixture, it is two different races coming to form one so we are celebrating that type of component of our history.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“In a nutshell keeping the culture alive”

David Ackierman – COLCHA

“That is so!”

COLCHA invites artisans and food vendors to take part in this weekend’s event which is free cost.

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