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A & B Arts Round Up – August 16th 2019 —>

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Until the end of summer – Rooted Home and Abroad, an exhibition in the upper gallery of the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda opened August 8th 2019 68886815_341954680076655_5515842098126913536_n.jpgand will run to the end of summer. It features the work of Zucan Bandele and Walter J. Parker (the former an Antiguan-Barbudan artist based in the US), the latter a deceased NY artist. The exhibition is curated by Mali A. Olatunji, an Antiguan (co-author with Paget Henry of The Art of Mali Olatunji) who worked as a fine arts photographer at the Museum of Modern Art for more than 20 years. Featured pieces emphasize African masques and mythology. This includes Parker pieces like Becoming, Symbiosis No. 7, A Coat of Many Colors, Symbiosis No. 8, Be Pleased Now to Bless Your Servants House, Revealed (Spirit Aloft) – my personal favourite, How Beautiful is Your Face, The Conversation, and Speak Your Servant Hears – all colourful pieces in which larger than life characters and some in quite pedestrian poses are masked, to godlike effect. Zucan more directly engages with gods of African religiousity, Santeria in particular – Yemaya to Shango – seeming to capture their essence in motion and suggest the reflection of them in us. Olatunji explained that he was familiar with Walter’s work from the East Village and that after his death his family wasn’t sure what to do with the remaining pieces (and considered destroying them) – he saw a connection between Walter’s and Zucan’s aesthetic and a collaboration was born. A common connection is what he sees as the effort to dismantle modern art (the art elevated in venerated institutions like MoMA) and invent something more difficult to understand (the motif of masks – i.e. hiding – being a key component), “and they just did that”.  We don’t have pictures or examples of the art; but check it out. UPDATED TO ADD! 69697718_10218337672100629_3434646704790437888_n.jpg

By the end of Summer – Cushion Club Summer Reading Challenge 2019

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August 17th – 18th 2019 – Pineapple Mango Festival –

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A & B Arts Roundup (December 31st 2015 – )

The National Public Library is now lending books to the community; borrowers are asked to present a valid ID such as driver’s license, passport, voter’s ID, Social Security, Medical Benefits cards or school ID. For further information please contact the library at 562-4502/3.

LightfootJanuary 2nd 2016 – Launch of Natasha Lightfoot’s Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation – 3 p.m. – at the National Public Library – ETA: Event was standing room only and books sold out. Best of Books was on hand and indicated that they should have more within a week of the Antigua event; also you can no doubt order online and ask for it at your local bookstore. Really informative event. The Q & A could have gone on for quite some time after.

January 14th 2016 – The Antigua State College Library exhibition – refocusing on Caribbean culture for a better identity




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A & B Arts Roundup (November 28th 2015 – )

The Ministry of Trade, Commerce & Industry, Sports, Culture & National Festivals in partnership with the People’s Republic of China has announced a FREE Garment Manufacturing Workshop. The three month workshop will be staged at the Simon Bolivar Centre from November 30th, 2015. Open to people of all skill-levels. Contact workingsecretariat@outlook.com or pritunit@gmail.com for application forms.


December 6th 2015 – The Friends of Antigua Public Library (646-823-3399) invites New York residents to Antigua House (located 12 West 122st)  in Harlem to meet their Author in Residence (Dr. Natasha Lightfoot). 3 to 7 p.m. Please note this event is in New York  not Antigua but you can still support the author, wherever you are, by ordering a copy of the book: Troubling Freedom: Antigua And The Aftermath Of Emancipation.


The December session of Expressions: Poetry In The Pub will be held on Thursday 10th December in conjunction with Gender Affairs and the 2015 ‪#‎16DaysOfActivism‬ campaign. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year, and runs from 25 November, (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), to 10 December (Human Rights Day). The ‘16 Days Campaign’ is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of violence against women and girls.
For more information on #16DaysOfActivism click on the following link: http://artcultureantigua.com/16daysofactivism-campaign/

UntitledThe Museum’s annual Christmas party comes up on December 11th 2015 – venue is the Anchorage Inn on Anchorage Road 5:30 p.m. onwards. Expressions choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Hats and masks welcomed. Catering is potluck – finger foods for the drinks table.

Anthony Hampson, who this past Independence (2015) received a national award for his work with music education via his Le Chateau d’Or music academy, continues to work and announces the Academy’s annual Christmas programme will take place on Saturday, December 12th, 2015. Venue is the Precision Centre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children; and can be had from parents of students or from the Academy itself (contact number 461-5060). Featured guest will be award winning pan arranger (through his work with Hell’s Gate – the oldest and longest running pan orchestra in the region and the world) and pan educator (a Masters graduate of the Northern Illinois University and an alum of the University of the West Indies now teaching in the A & B school system) Khan Cordice.


The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Modern Day Slavery: The Differences and Similarities: A Forum: Presentation By The Antigua and Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy (ABYEA) and The Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission (ABRSC). Presenters: Dorbrene O’Marde, Chairperson of ABRSC, Playwright and Author; and Akilah A. Jardine, Doctoral Researcher in International Law on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:30PM at The Antigua and Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy, 1 George Weston Vista, Lightfoot, Gunthorp.

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A & B Arts RoundUp (October 10th 2015 – )

I did an Arts RoundUp like a week ago and I’m not promising this is going to be a weekly thing but this is the spot I’ll be dropping any new A & B arts news I buck up on for the next week or so. So, here goes.

Do you like to write? Have creative ideas? Need to boost your creative energy? The Just Write Creative Sessions with
Brenda Lee Browne may be for you – three sessions 17, 24 and 31 October, 2015 – Best of Books (Upstairs), St. Mary’s Street – 10 – 12 – $50ec per session. Also listen out for news of her Just Write Writers Retreat coming January 2016.
Tel: 726 5468 for more information or register in store.


Expressions: Poetry in the Pub which used to meet twice a month is, I’ve recently learned, meeting once a month. More concentrated word power, right? The meeting time is the second Tuesday of each month. See you there. And go here for some of the Expressions vibes.



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