NIA CHARLESTOWN (August 10, 2017) — Ms. Shelagh James, Chairperson of the Nevis Cultural UK Exchange Fundraising Committee says plans are progressing smoothly for a delegation of 41 persons traveling to Leeds on August 23 to September 02, 2017 to honour Nevisian-born Arthur France MBE for the 50th anniversary of the Leeds West Indian Carnival.
Ms. James, who is also the Communications Officer in the Ministry of Tourism in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) said on August 10 that Mr. France, who is a founding member of the Carnival is being honoured by the NIA for his contribution to culture.
“One of my observations is that we as a people always recognise Nevisians here on the island but we tend to forget those who migrated in the 50s and have made huge contributions in respect of their culture and Arthur is a classic example of one of those persons and a decision was taken to honour him for his contribution to the island’s folklore and culture through the Leeds West Indian Carnival,” she said.
Mr. France left Nevis at the age of 19 to further his education and sometime later became homesick. As result, he set out to connect with his Caribbean roots and decided to create carnival like what he had grown up with in Nevis. With the assistance of two Caribbean friends who he had attended the Leeds University with, they came up with what has grown, 50 years later, to be the noted Leeds West Indian Carnival.