CHARLESTOWN, Nevis - NEVIS Department of Culture yesterday (Jan. 25) revealed a number of initiatives for this year’s Culturama Festival, which is part of a larger celebration for the 50th edition of the ‘Caribbean greatest summer lime’.
Amongst the initiatives announced at a press conference is a full scholarship for the Miss Culturama Pageant Queen to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Monroe College.
Within the package for the winner, she will receive funds to cover all tuitions and fees to pursue studies, and the university will work with the student for eight semesters, where she will earn her Bachelor’s Degree once good grades are maintained.
It was revealed that before the winner attends the college, she must first have the necessary qualification to gain entry.
Additionally, the Ministry of Tourism and other stakeholders are partnering on the “Culturama 50 Homestay Initiative”, which is geared towards providing accommodations for visitors.
According to the Secretariat, the initiative aims to provide alternative and affordable accommodation to visitors and returning nationals within the communities;. to provide an enriching authentic Nevisian experience that will bring economic benefit to locals; assist in attaining sustainable tourism and the promotion of tourism within rural communities; and spread tourism spending and boost economic development overall.
The 2024 Culturama activities will get underway on April 12 with the official launch and reveal, while the Night of Steel marks the start on July 6.
Meanwhile, the Culturama Secretariat confirmed that it is currently accepting entries for the Culturama 50 Jingle Competition.
This year’s event is being held under the theme: "Celebrating Culture, Embracing History, Its Culturama 50!"