NALIS collaborates with the Network Community Organisation and the Rapsofest Management Council to host events to mark Raspo Fest 2004. NALIS will host Lectures/ demonstrations at a number of its public libraries throughout Trinidad. The lecture demonstrations will be held at the Arima Public Library on May 04, the Point Fortin Public Library on May 05, the Princess Town Public Library, May 11, the Carnegie Free Library on May 12 and the Mayaro Public Library on May 13.
Other activities include the Women of the Oral Tradition on Friday 30 April starting at 6:00 p.m. and the Breaking New Ground on Sunday 02 May starting at 4:00 p.m. both events will take place at the Amphitheatre, National Library.
This year’s theme concentrates on the Family.
Some of the stated objectives of the celebration of the National Day of Rapso and the Oral Tradition are: to re-educate Trinidad and Tobago on the essential value of our rich and diverse oral and folk tradition; to educate, inform and inspire the youth of our nation and help them to a better understanding of self in relation to society and the world, and to enlighten and inspire the media as to their responsibility in the building of the region’s cultural treasure.