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                                                                                                           local Tuesday 27 december 2022
            Three organizers join forces for a three-day Dande Festival

            ORANJESTAD – Dande Fes-      Dutch King.
            tival,  a  cultural  year-end  A  group  of  five  or  some-
            tradition in Aruba, will take  times even six people (one
            place next week. Commis-     singer  accompanied  by
            sion  for  the  Celebration  of  numerous musicians) usual-
            National  Days  of  the  De-  ly performs the most known
            partment  of  Culture  said  Aruban end of the year tra-
            they  are  glad  to  be  able  dition. These people, usually
            to promote the festival this  family members accompa-
            year.                        ny a singer and travel door-
                                         to-door to express their best
            The  Dande  is  a  local  oral  wishes for the New Year in
            tradition  where  the  song  repetitive  phrases  (bless-
            “ay  nobe”  (aña  nobo)  –  ings),  with  a  chorus  that
            “new year” is performed as  includes  the  phrase  “ay
            the New Year is approach-    nobe”  (aña  nobo)  –  “new
            ing  or  has  arrived.  Dande  year”  –  sung  after  each
            stems  from  the  word  Dan-  blessing.   Currently,   the
            dalia,  which  loosely  trans-  celebratory  travel  usually
            lates into “to party, he who  leads  to  the  houses  of  the
            parties, or simply paranda”.  singers’  friends  and  family,
            The  first  sentence  of  the  where  the  singer  collects
            Dande  song  “oh  dande  money in his hat to give to
            nos a jega na bo porta” –  the  group.  To  read  more,  Lyonel  Dirks  said  that  af-  tival  with  its  different  con-  the categories of 4-6 years,
            Ay Nobe, translated means  please  visit  https://www.    ter  they  sat  together  with  cept while remaining within  7-9  years,  10-12  years  and
            “Oh  the  party  has  arrived    all  three  organizers,  being  the  Dande  tradition.  On  13  to  17  years  old.  Each
            at your door” – New Year.  for-christmas.                 Chico  Harms  Foundation,  the 27th the festival will be  category will crown a king
            The  origin  of  the  Dande  is                           Children and Youth Festival  at the Centro di Bario Bra-  or  queen.  This  will  be  the
            not  known,  however  there  This  year,  the  festival  will  Commission, and Big Adult  zil  organized  by  the  Chico  fourth  winner,  and  each
            are many theories such as;  take  place  on  December  Festival  –  which  are  cel-   Harms  Foundation.  Chico  category  will  have  either
            1. It started in the district of  27-29.  The  Commission  in-  ebrating  50  years  of  their  Harms, who was present at  two or three places.
            Savaneta,  2.  I  It  started  in  formed  that  for  the  first  festival – they reached the  the press conference, men-  The  youth  festival  will  be-
            the  district  of  Noord,  3.  Its  time,  UNOCA  will  be  part  conclusion to put all these  tioned  he  is  very  happy  gin  at  7pm  with  7  groups,
            popularity  strengthened  in  of this celebration together  festivals  together,  but  on  that  this  year  UNOCA  and  and they expect it will finish
            the district of St. Cruz, or 4.  with  the  Commission  in  or-  different dates; this to give  the Commission for the Cel-  around 11pm-12am.
            It started after the abolition  der  to  elevate  the  festival  the  Aruban  community  ebration  of  National  Days
            of  slavery  in  1863  by  the  of Dande.                 time to celebrate each fes-  came  together  to  make  Finally  on  the  29th  of  De-
                                                                                                   these  activities  as  big  as  cember  the  festival  for
                                                                                                   possible.                    adults  will  take  place,  cel-
                                                                                                                                ebrating  50  years  in  Club
                                                                                                   Regarding    their   show,  Caquetio. This will begin at
                                                                                                   Harms  said  that  because  6:30am.
                                                                                                   of the Covid-19 pandemic,
                                                                                                   this  is  the  53rd  edition  of  Director  of  UNOCA,  Ray-
                                                                                                   the  festival.  They  began  anne  Hernandez  said  that
                                                                                                   at  Colegio  Cristo  Rey  and  this  year  they  decided  to
                                                                                                   after  the  opening  of  sede  partner  with  the  Commis-
                                                                                                   di bario Brazil, they moved  sion  for  the  Celebration  of
                                                                                                   there. This year there will be  National Days, Department
                                                                                                   17 groups taking part. “We  of  Culture  and  Ministry  of
                                                                                                   have  to  also  do  it  for  chil-  Culture  so  that  togeth-
                                                                                                   dren in Tanki Leendert and  er  they  can  elevate  the
                                                                                                   we have to see how we’re  Dande festivals in Aruba.
                                                                                                   going to do it next year. We  The  idea  behind  this  is  for
                                                                                                   cannot  let  this  slip  at  any  each  of  the  three  festivals
                                                                                                   moment, this is ours and we  can  receive  more  support
                                                                                                   must carry on”, Harms said.   than  they  usually  do.  “We
                                                                                                   The  festival  at  Centro  di  realized  that  each  year  it
                                                                                                   Bario  Brazil  will  begin  at  becomes  a  challenge  for
                                                                                                   6:30 seeing as 17 is a large  each organization to keep
                                                                                                   amount  of  groups.  They  on  their  own  standard  at
                                                                                                   expect to finish around 12-  the  level  expected  by  the
                                                                                                   1am.                         Aruban community regard-
                                                                                                                                ing show and presentation,
                                                                                                   Aaron Arenas of the Com-     but  also  regarding  organi-
                                                                                                   mission to Promote Culture  zation and logistics. This was
                                                                                                   said that on the 28th of De-  a very important reason for
                                                                                                   cember the festival will take  us to support these festivals,
                                                                                                   place at the Centro di Bario  to maintain the level and to
                                                                                                   Tanki Leendert for children  continue  maintaining  our
                                                                                                   and youth. There will be a  Dande  tradition,”  Hernan-
                                                                                                   total  of  20  participants  in  dez said.q
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