SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Funtopia Youth Initiative (FYI) Foundation is in preparations for MokoFest 2022, which is slated to be the largest afro-Caribbean Cultural Festival on St. Martin. This event will be held at the Emilio Wilson Park on Sunday 26th June 2022 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
A part of their cultural awareness campaign is to educate the general public about the Soualigan Giant Moko Jumbies, who will be taking the forefront of the event. The foundation has been actively training hundreds of students in primary and secondary schools in the art of stilt walking and educating them about the west African connection.
The Foundation has created innovative ways to capture the participants by hosting a logo and poetry competition. For the Logo competition young persons between the ages of 9 and 12 and 13 to 19 are invited to design a logo that will represent the Soualigan Giant Moko Jumbies.
First and second place winners will receive up to $500 in prizes. For the Poetry competition young persons between the ages of 6 to 12 and 13 to 19 are invited to create a poem that reflects the values & culture of a Soualigan giant Moko Jumbie. First and second place winners will receive up to $300 in prizes.
The contests are open to receive entries from May 15th to June 15th, 2022. Persons can submit hard copies of their logo or poem at the Philipsburg Jubilee library.