Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence has called for the greater integration of culture in development plans.
Lawrence made his called at the Golden Drum Awards on Sunday to recognize people who have made significant contributions to arts and culture in Dominica.
He said there is need for greater investment in arts and culture.
Carlyn XP, Shirley Alexander, Earlson Matthew, Shervaugn Vigilante, Cultural Lovers of Woodfordhill and Collette Diane Telemaque received Special Recognition Awards.
Royette Bertrand, Delmance ‘Ras Mo’ Moses, Andrew ‘Scrunter’ Bazil, Joan Frampton, Lucia Lander, Val Cuffy, Karina Cultural Group, Gillis Carbon Jno Baptiste received Dominica’s top cultural award, the Golden Drum.
Brands Mark received the award for Best Creole Décor at a business place and DASPA received the award for best decorated Government office.