Sunday 15 December, 2019

Marijuana, reparations among topics for Carifesta symposium

Marijuana and sustainable livelihoods in the Caribbean will be among the topics discussed at the Journey Round Myself symposium which opens today.

Marijuana and sustainable livelihoods in the Caribbean will be among the topics discussed at the Journey Round Myself symposium which opens today.

Marijuana, reparations and climate change will be among the topics up for discussion when the Carifesta Symposium kicks off today.

The symposium, entitled Journey Round Myself, is based on an article of the same name written by Trinidadian playwright and actor Errol Hill in 1999.

“This journey round himself contemplated what he believed was necessary for Caribbean people to deploy their cultural resources and assets in the service of their well-being. Hill argued that the construction of a Caribbean aesthetic was critical for the realisation and celebration of Caribbean civilisation. But he cautioned that the process of arrival involved critical self-interrogation and a keen sensitivity to the wider world,” said Dr Suzanne Burke, Chair of the Symposium Sub-committee.

The symposium is geared toward reflecting on Hill’s views and will examine how the creative and cultural core can be useful in understanding self, improving access, promoting innovation, enabling social justice and equality, fostering transformation and encouraging sustainable economic growth, she explained.

Day one of the symposium will discuss, among other things, the preliminary findings on a study of Caribbean Cultural Policies, examine the evolution of soca through Machel Montano’s music, and look at Ramleela as a Caribbean ritual performance.

The symposium will also feature a number of workshops and masterclasses with the likes of acclaimed Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles and Classical Indian dancer Satnarine Balkaransingh.

The symposium will officially launch tonight with a keynote address by award-winning Jamaican author and poet Kei Miller.

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