National Anthem and Flag day festivities on March 18 at the Aruba National Archives

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ORANJESTAD – The Aruba National Archives and the Friends of Archives Aruba invite the entire community once more to celebrate the Anthem and Flag day on March 18, 2023, at the Aruba National Archives.

The festivities on March 18 will start at 10:00 am and end at 6:00 pm.

It is a tradition for the ANA to organize an exhibition on our national day. This year it is titled Aruban Diaspora: a shared past and future. The exhibition is in connection with the celebrations to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the abolition of slaves, which the entire Kingdom of the Netherlands will organize on July 1, 2023.

The intention is to expand the expo “Aruban Diaspora” in July, with the addition of the Slavery in Aruba section, to have the expo during this commemorative year. In 2024, they will expand the expo focusing on the historical ties of the relations with the Kingdom. The Expo “Aruban Diaspora” will be held in a Caribbean context and the regional and global migration to Aruba over time and the Aruba of today.

They will try to highlight the historical part as much as possible of the most important developments of Aruba.

In addition to the expo held in the main hall, the festivities will also happen in the parking lot where they will have a National Cultural Festivity with entertainment by Robert Maduro and Azucar and special presentations by the dance group Grupo di Baile Santa Cruz.

For those seeking local and typical foods, there will be several tents with sweets, cakes, coconut water, and more. For the children, they will have a kids’ corner with a dino jump and popcorn. It will be a family festivity.

The ADA Foundation is grateful to the Aruba National Archives for their cooperation in organizing the expo and festivity. They also thank CEDE Aruba, UNOCA, Setar, and Banco di Caribe for their support in making this cultural festivity possible for the community.