Wednesday, 26 June 2013

CULTURE NIGHT OUT: From music to fine art to spoken word, TALLAWAH's Tuesday was a cultural flourish

TALENT SHOW: This year's JCDC Festival of the Performing Arts competition takes on added significance, given that the venerable cultural commission is this year marking its 50th anniversary of sterling service to the arts and the country at large. The National Finals are on in earnest at the Little Theatre this week, and on Tuesday evening I sat in on presentations by finalists vying for prizes in the field of music (instrumental). The packed auditorium didn't skimp on the applause for the pint-sized talents, who truly wowed with their impressive drumming in the categories of group and solo. The Sts. Peter & Paul Prep ensemble (above) and nine-year-old Mario Hudson of the Institute of Jamaica were particularly delightful standouts. 

VISUAL FLAIR: As part of the week-long Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) festivities, the Final Year exhibition at the Edna Manley College's School of Visual Art took over the spotlight on Tuesday, drawing scores of new and repeat viewers to see the fascinating works on display and no doubt pick the brains of the young artists, many of whom are poised to enter the world of work for the very first time. Above, illustrator/graphic designer and soon-to-be-published author Kerecia Bell (read more about her in TALLAWAH later this week) stands next to one of her fantasy-art creations. 

POETS UNITE: Every last Tuesday, the Poetry Society of Jamaica's fellowship brings together aspiring (and a few established) writers, poets, dub poets and spoken-word artists to read/perform their work and receive feedback. This much-needed creativity outlet is still very much alive as witnessed this week at society's regular haunt of the Edna Manley College's drama school ampitheatre. Soulful, introspective verse and lyrics of defiance and provocation ruled the open-mic segment, which set the stage for the night's featured performer: the ever-fiery and captivating Cherry Natural. Pictured above, nine-year-old Jahzan McLaughlin, seriously one to watch, takes centrestage.

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