Three-month event celebrates Curaçao

To celebrate the diversity of the Dutch
Caribbean island of Curaçao, a three month Curaçao Culture, Cuisine &
Heritage Experience (CCCHE) will be held from August 15 through November 15,
2006.The island is home to residents descending from more than 55
different nationalities, each with its own culture, cuisine and heritage,
and visitors will have the opportunity to explore these diverse cultures
inside and out during this celebration. Daily activities and events planned
throughout the CCCHE will provide visitors with a glimpse in to Curaçao’s
multi-dimensional past and the resulting flavors found on the island today.

Events taking place during the three-month experience include story-telling
every Saturday and musical performances every Friday and Sunday, as well as
special exhibits such as the slavery heritage exhibit at Landhouse Santa
Martha.  The CCCHE will also include culinary walking tours, cultural and
heritage tours and an ancient herbs and botanical tour.  Museum Kura Hulanda
will feature special productions of its Living History Show, a live
production that will take place every Wednesday night and allow audiences to
learn about the slave trade in the 1700’s and the events leading to the
rebellions in the 1800’s.


Additionally, throughout the three month celebration, art galleries, museums
and restaurants will grant special offers on purchases and admissions: 

*      Visitors will find Curaçao’s thriving art community to be as rich as
the island’s culture. Participating art galleries will offer free admission
or a two for one entrance price, plus a 10% discount on purchases.
*      The deep heritage of Curaçao dates back hundreds of years and the
local museums will offer free or discounted admission to visitors wanting to
experience the history of the island. 
*      The cuisine of Curaçao is infused with the spices from a rainbow of
cultures and during CCCHE over 30 participating restaurants will offer a 10%
discount on food and beverages.