The town of Linden will come alive on Tuesday August 1st, 2023, with the highly anticipated Freedom Festival. The event, which is in its fourth year of existence, will be held at the Richmondhill Event Ground. The mega event promises to provide an all-inclusive entertainment package for all and gives Lindeners an opportunity to celebrate Emancipation right in their hometown.
The event will commence at 11:00 hrs and is free of cost. Legacy Entertainment’s Public Relations Officer Vanessa Moore told INFO 10 that the aim of the event is to give back to the community as both students and those who contribute to community development in the areas of sports, education, journalism and religion will honoured. “For two years during COVID, we were unable to host the event and, in an effort, to reintroduce it, we took a more philanthropic approach this year so rather than to seek profits, we are hosting the event to strictly give back to the community.” Some of the honourees are Journalists Gordon Moseley and Rawle Toney, Sports Enthusiast Abdulla Mohammad, Educators Wanda Richmond and Camille Cummings and Pastor Selwyn Sills, Athletes Chantoba Bright and Emanuel Archibald.
In addition, 59 top National Grade Six Assessment students will be honoured with cash and other prizes. This is being sponsored exclusively by Jermaine and Sons Supermarket. The festival consists of an expo for small businesses, a Black Panter kids’ zone, a Cook up and Metemgee Competition and a cultural programme. Scores of small businesses will be exhibiting their products at the event while several local artistes will take the stage to perform songs and poems amongst other cultural items. In addition, scores of prizes will be presented to the largest contingent, the best dressed couple, best african outfit, best head wrap and much more. Many organizations in Linden will be participating in these competitions.
The event will culminate with an afro-beats party. “It is family oriented. The entire family should come out and partake in what we have in store. There will be lots of giveaways and lots of fun. Lindeners no longer have to journey to Georgetown, it can be enjoyed right here in our hometown and Richmondhill is not that far, so persons should come and let’s celebrate our own right here on our soil,” she said.