Zil’oKA is now an association: celebrating our ancestors!

Zil’oKA is definitely moving forwards and many changes and new trials are coming ahead.

It started with the constitution of Zil’oKA as an association last month, followed by the first election for the committee which saw Hervé Despois elected President. He will be helped along in his task by Jessy Mullings (Vice-President), Nathalie Montlouis (Secretary), Gaël Couppé de K Martin (Treasurer) and a host of other members taking various other positions in support of Zil’oKA’s growing ambitions.

As we prepare to bid farewell to Zil’oKA’s previous manager, Yamide Dagnet, as her professional life is taking her over the pond for a while, our eyes are set firmly on the horizon with various projects. They include the Greenwich Dance Festival at Eltham Palace on the 1st of July, a trip to visit our Irish counterparts, thanks to the Caribbean association Yékrik and the Gwoka Festival in Guadeloupe in July 2013.

We invited our friends and supporters on the 26th of May to present our vision for our association and had a wonderful time surrounded by all the lovely people who came to support us, dance, sing, play music with us, look to the future and commemorate the past as we were also celebrating the abolition of slavery in the French colonies.

We are fully aware of our mission and of the challenges that are now facing us, particularly the raising of serious funds to help us accept our invitation to Guadeloupe next Summer, but we know that we can count on all our friends to help us along the way.

Many thanks for you support!

Written by Jessy Mullings
Pictures Manu Louisor

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