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XE’IL BELIZE: Maya brand of clothing announced

Xe’il, meaning “True to our Roots” – a meaningful brand designed and developed to provide a source of economic empowerment to Mayan women and showcase the dawn of a fashion era emerging from Southern Belize. The establishment of Xe’il started in October of 2019 and was executed by the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) with financial support from The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through its Cultural and Creative Industries Innovative Fund (CIIF) to position Maya women as national artists and bring their creative products to a wider market, starting with new fashion designs adorned with Xokb’il Chuy.

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Belize eases Health and Safety Protocols for Tourists

As Belize moves forward to fully reopen and rebuild our tourism industry, the health and safety protocols for tourists continue to be reviewed and updated. At a press conference held on Friday, October 16th, 2020, further relaxation of the restrictions on movement of visitors were announced by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow. 

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COVID-19 Update for Travellers

In an effort to keep all travellers to Belize informed, we are providing the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 below. We do invite you to consider postponing, rather than cancelling your vacation, and visiting our beautiful jewel in the near future when these restrictions are reduced.

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The Artist of the Day, Joanna Magana

Born in Corozal Town in 1980, an only child, Joanna enjoyed the attention and care of her mother and grandparents. From very early in her life, Joanna showed interest in the expressive arts. During her years at primary school, she was very much involved in drama and dance presentations. She met an outstanding educator by the name of Mr. Sotero Cruz who became a mentor and an inspiring force behind Joanna’s artistic and academic abilities.

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Artist of the Day – Alex Jordon Howard

Alex’s dancing roots was with the Nu Generation Dance Company (NGDC), which was Belize’s premiere Hip Hop company. There, he quickly became a lead dancer. Alex was with the NGDC for over 5 years.

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Artist of the Day – David Matus

David A. Matus is a carnival costume designer who has been in the Belize Carnival scene for over 23 years. He has created countless costume designs to represent Belize both locally and internationally, in carnivals, and in pageantry.

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Artist of the Day – Ernestine Carballo

Ernestine Carballo is one of Belize’s most recognized and awarded Soca artists. She has won the Soca Category of the National Song Competition in 2018 with her song “I Love You Soca”, in 2017 with “On the Road”, in 2015 with “Till Di Sun Come Up”, and 2011 with “Carnival Is Here”. She is responsible for the Carnival Road March Song of 2010 and 2011, has won Artist of the Year 2011 and 2012, the Break Out Tune of 2010 and 2011, Best Soca Artist of 2011/2012, Best Soca Song of 2011-2012 and Honoree of 2011/ 2012. Female Artist & Performer of 2015/2016, and Carnival Song Champion of 2015/2016. In 2018, Ernestine performed at the 3 days “September Festival Weekend” in Belize Featuring Beenie Man, Alison Hinds, and Nailah Blackman. She has also been a featured artist for MUSIC WEEK held by the “Office of The Music Ambassador”.

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The Artist of the Day, Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy

Ms. Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy is an international writer, performance artist, renaissance woman and yoga instructor. She is multifaceted and engages in various artistic fields, attributing this to her passion for creative expression.

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The Artist of the Day, Felene Cayetano

Felene Cayetano is an author, mother, publisher, librarian, and editor. Her migration from Belize to Los Angeles at the age of 9 was a key factor that led her to writing poetry in primary school before easing into writing short stories. This love of writing was balanced by a love of reading which gave her the vocabulary to voice her experiences and an appreciation for libraries.

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The Artists of the Day, YATA

Youth Advocacy Through Arts ” YATA “, was established in 2013 and is perhaps the only Youth Theatre Company active in Belize. The group currently has 6 productions in their repertoire since inception. Initially, a social arts organization with plays that highlight issues affecting marginalized communities, the company has evolved into cultural development through the arts.

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Laughing Bird Caye…forever in my heart!

Laughing Bird Caye National Park was the first island I visited in Belize at the young age of ten. I grew up in Seine-Bight Village located in the peninsula of the Stann Creek District and Laughing Bird Caye is located right off the coast of the peninsula via a 30 minutes boat ride. Since then, Laughing Bird Caye has always had a special place in my heart.

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Cassava Bread- A Garifuna Staple

My Beautiful Belize recently had the unique opportunity to visit Sabal’s Cassava Farm as part of the 2019 Belize Tourism Board media familiarization trip on the southeast coast of Belize. Located at mile three on the Hummingbird Highway, right outside of Dangriga Town, this family-owned business has been operating since 1987 and produces cassava bread, starch, juice, and other deliciousness.

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