Culture Wrap for 2017.

I had a lot of fun this year covering all manner of things cultural and artsy. It was very inspiring to see people doing their thing in this country. It belies the rab that nothing good can come from here. I saw amazing art, and was party to enlightening conversations about design and history.
I can’t wait for 2017.

My favourite art exhibition was Josh Lu’s Paradise. It’s his cautionary tale for a country that doesn’t protect it’s heritage, built or otherwise. That has devolved into violence, and doesn’t seem to know it’s way out. That he quoted my brilliant friend Niama Sandy in his artist’s statement was icing on the cake. But I’ll keep looking out for Josh’s work.

He’s currently in London as one of the British Council’s 2017 TAARE artists.

Adele Todd’s Black Guard was also another favourite. I knew that she worked in embroidery, but I really didn’t expect it to have such an impact. The show took a hard look at our security services, and burgeoning surveillance state.
It was beyond cool that she got the Museum to paint the exhibition room red. You really should have seen it.

And then there was the Cazabon Exhibition at the Diplomatic Centre. I’ve written about that experience on this blog. I didn’t get to go back and see them, but I’m lucky to have seen them with Geoffery MacLean, so I consider myself fortunate.

I got to see Stickfight for the first time. I know, I know. I highly recommend it, it’s my intention to make this my new Carnival tradition.

Viewing tip. Look out for the paramedic who is thoroughly enjoying the match-ups. Bless him, he’s not letting his fun prevent him from doing his job. He made my night.

From Fete Fonts now Sign Books, to Fashion and Film Festivals galore. This year was an eye opening one for me, so I’m really looking forward to what 2017 has to offer.

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Tribute to Mas Master Stephen Derek

I attended the Mastering by the Mentors Awards Ceremony on Monday. I posted during the event, you can read that entry here.

I was really touched by the tributes that came pouring out for Stephen Derek. You got the sense, that far above his talent, he was a kind and decent man, and the most loving father, whose children miss him terribly.

It was touching, and inspirational. May he rest in peace.

First Peoples Heritage Week

This year’s theme is “re-igniting the Ancestral Fires, Establishing Presence”

Monday 10th October – Amphitheate/ Arima Velodrome

Children Edu-Fund Tours (Craft, Song, Music, Dance and Language Workshops), Petting Zoo, Performance/ Descendence

Tuesday 11th October

First People’s Centre

9.00 A.M. – Reflection on First People’s Spirituality

2.00 P.M.  – Arima Town Hall: Leaders will meet to discuss the Implementation of the UN Declaration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Wednesday 12th October

10.00 A.M.  – Street Parade with School Children

Exhibition and sale of Craft items

Thursday 13th October

6.30 A.M. – Water Ritual at the Arima River

5:30 P.M –Lecture – Champions of the First Peoples at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation’s Auditorium

FRIDAY 14th October

6.30 A.M. Hyarima Ritual & Street Parade with School Children (Arima)

6.30 – 9.00 P.M. Day of Recognition – Hyarima Monument, Arima

First Peoples Community Awards