Bermuda3.jpgThe Lecture Series (Mas’king and UnMasking) marks entry 16 and 17 in the CREATIVE SPACE series on my blog – a series started so that I could resume/extend spotlighting local art and culture as I did as a journalist. The Creative Space series first existed as a public entity when I ran it as a series in the then Lime, now Zing, LIAT inflight magazine. These days I envision it as a multi-media platform showcasing not only the finished product but the makings of our (Antiguan and Barbudan, with a dash of wider Caribbean) art and culture. It is a work in progress which for now consists entirely of the blog series started early in 2018 with updates every couple of week, on average. The series, syndicated on Antigua Nice for greater reach, is an opportunity for Antiguan and Barbudan busineses to boost their brand while boosting local art and culture. The sponsored ad spot with each new entry is available for sale to any business, or entity which wishes to take up this opportunity. They have only to contact me at jhohadli at gmail dot com for details. Businesses which have products that they want reviewed or boosted can also contact jhohadli at gmail dot com to see if they meet the criteria for a sponsored post. So, yes, CREATIVE SPACE IS seeking business linkages to enable the continuation of the series.

So far this year the series has covered new books like London Rocks and The Sweet Smell of Sugar, events like Playing to Inspire 2, Carnival, the Barbuda Homecoming, the World Wars exhibit, the Independence art exhibition, and more. You can follow the  Jhohadli blog for updates. Most recent updates spotlight Veronica Yearwood who spoke on the African Caribbean mas tradition in Bermuda and Dr. Carolyn Cooper who spoke about the History buried beneath the Sea.

from CREATIVE SPACE #16 of 2018 – The Lecture 1 – The Mas’king: “When I wrote about Veronica for Caribbean Beat (actually about the 25th anniversary of Antigua Dance Academy, the dance school and company she founded here in Antigua and Barbuda) it was obvious to me that she was seen as one of the leaders of the African-Caribbean folk dance tradition in the region and its diaspora, and this Bermuda presentation is only confirmation of that. With her permission, I’ll be sharing excerpts from that presentation.”

from CREATIVE SPACE #17 of 2018 – The Lecture Circuit – UnMasking: “A good teacher can make a world of difference and for a number of us during my years at the University of the West Indies’ Mona, Jamaica campus, Dr. Carolyn Cooper was a good teacher: the kind of good teacher that challenges us to re-consider how we see the world. Dr. Cooper may be now retired from her role as literary and cultural studies professor but, as a roving academic and speaker, she continues to teach. In November, she lectured in both Montserrat, at the Alliougana Festival of the Word and at the UWI Open Campus (Antigua and Barbuda), part of the UWI’s ongoing 70th anniversary observation. The latter was held on a balmy Sunday night after a week of heavy rains that prompted the rescheduling and, as an unintended blessing, gave the organizers and those of us learning about it late, more time to promote it.”

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Remember, you can support this series – boosting your brand while boosting local art and culture. Email jhohadli at gmail dot com to discuss.

Here’s the CREATIVE SPACE main page.

As with all content (words, images, other) on, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight,  Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All Rights Reserved. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. You’re also invited to follow me on my author blog Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

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