Caribbean Beat — September/October 2020 • Digital Issue

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Courtesy Bocas Lit Fest

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Take three T&T arts festivals move online For everyone in the culture business, 2020 has been a year of reinvention. As COVID-19 regulations have temporarily closed theatres, cinemas, and art galleries, arts producers have had to figure out how to reach audiences in new forms and on new platforms. Three popular festivals in Trinidad and Tobago have embraced the virtual challenge.

trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) 9 to 15 September

Screens are essential features for any film festival. This year, from the Caribbean to Latin America, Europe to North America, the ttff is bringing the world to your own living room. On opening night, cricket fans around the globe are in for a treat with the feature-length documentary 501 Not Out — inspired by the extraordinary career of cricket legend Brian Lara. You can also join Academy Award–winning documentary director Orlando von Einsiedel and acclaimed UK film and television producer Lee Thomas for workshops on Zoom. Plus, explore 12


livestreams of free online industry events, panels and presentations via Facebook.

NGC Bocas Lit Fest 18 to 20 September

The Anglophone Caribbean’s biggest literary festival — celebrating its tenth year — has been running free weekly online events since May, culminating in a weekend of readings, debates and performances in September. Highlights include a “Future Friday” programme in which speculative fiction writers imagine how the Caribbean might evolve from the crises of 2020, and a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of T&T’s 1970 Black Power

Authors in the virtual NGC Bocas Lit Fest programme include (top row, left to right) Nalo Hopkinson, Malka Older, Karen Lord, Tessa McWatt; (bottom row, left to right) Richard Georges, Ingrid Persaud, Vahni Capildeo, and Canisia Lubrin

Revolution, alongside book launches, a virtual version of the signature Bocas “Stand and Deliver” open mic, calypso, drama, and more — all free, and streamed via the festival website and social media.

COCO Dance Festival

24 and 25 October Creativity is not on lockdown, where dance is involved. As the world comes to terms with the strange new normal, and many of us grapple with a sense of alienation, T&T’s Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective (COCO) presents a virtual programme called ALIEN. Juried works, pieces by the festival’s founders and directors, and specially invited regional and international guests are all in the mix — streaming via online platforms including Facebook, with content remaining viewable for a limited time after first airing.

Articles inside

Popular artists at El Museo del Barrio article cover image

Popular artists at El Museo del Barrio

page 21
Must try: the taste of invention article cover image

Must try: the taste of invention

page 20
The Caribbean's rarest stamps article cover image

The Caribbean's rarest stamps

pages 18-19
The Covid strategy article cover image

The Covid strategy

pages 76-79
Music reviews article cover image

Music reviews

page 24
Book reviews article cover image

Book reviews

page 22
Inside this issue article cover image

Inside this issue

pages 6-7
Adam Cooper — Anti-stoosh article cover image

Adam Cooper — Anti-stoosh

pages 70-75
Discover St Lucia article cover image

Discover St Lucia

pages 68-69
Discover Curaçao  article cover image

Discover Curaçao

pages 66-67
Discover Tobago article cover image

Discover Tobago

pages 64-65
Discover Barbados article cover image

Discover Barbados

pages 62-63
Discover Grenada article cover image

Discover Grenada

pages 58-60
Discover The Bahamas article cover image

Discover The Bahamas

pages 56-57
Discover Suriname article cover image

Discover Suriname

pages 54-55
Discover Trinidad article cover image

Discover Trinidad

pages 52-53
St Vincent and the Grenadines article cover image

St Vincent and the Grenadines

pages 50-51
Discover Cuba article cover image

Discover Cuba

pages 48-49
Discover Jamaica article cover image

Discover Jamaica

pages 44-45
Discover Guyana article cover image

Discover Guyana

pages 42-43
Discover Montserrat article cover image

Discover Montserrat

pages 38-41
Discover Antigua and Barbuda article cover image

Discover Antigua and Barbuda

pages 34-36
Discover Dominica article cover image

Discover Dominica

pages 30-33
Q&A with Esery Mondesir article cover image

Q&A with Esery Mondesir

page 26
Terri Lyons' calypso favourites article cover image

Terri Lyons' calypso favourites

page 16
T&T arts festivals move online article cover image

T&T arts festivals move online

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A virtual Labour Day Carnival article cover image

A virtual Labour Day Carnival

page 12
Shark Hole, Barbados article cover image

Shark Hole, Barbados

page 10
Our unfinished revolution article cover image

Our unfinished revolution

pages 8-9
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