Arts & Culture

Nanny lives in the arts

Composer Shirley Thompson (left) rehearses her work with an orchestra. (Photo: Courtesy of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica)

THE spirit of Nanny — Jamaica's only female national heroine -- rises this year with the staging of two major artistic productions with her as subject. The story of the legendary Maroon leader makes it to the big screen in the United States in October courtesy of filmmaker Roy T Anderson. The ... Read More

Student Actors Kevaun Merchant and Rojay Bryan of Kingston
College share a moment with renowned Jamaican stage and
screen actress Leonie Forbes. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Schools to take on Shakespearean roles
SEVENTEEN Jamaican high schools have taken up the challenge to participate in the inaugural Shakespe ... Read More

Dr Tony Sewell,
conceptualiser of the
Shakespeare Schools’
Championship, talks with the
Wolmer’s Girls’ team during a
visit to the Corporate Areabased
high school recently. Schools readying for Shakespeare contest
STUDENTS from 16 high schools islandwide are in preparation for the regional rounds of the Shakespea ... Read More

Phelicia
Dell Phelicia Dell for CFW
HAITIAN designer Phelicia Dell will be presenting her art-inspired Vèvè Collection at ... Read More

A bag of laughs for Bello & Blakka

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Thursday, April 09, 2015    

Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis (left) and
Winston ‘Bello’ Bell in
performance at the Courtleigh
Auditorium in New Kingston on
Easter Monday.

LAUGHTER rocked the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Easter Monday as comedy duo Winston 'Bello' Bell and Owen 'Blakka' Ellis celebrated their 30th anniversary with their performance together in 10 years. There were no signs of ring rust. Bello and Blakka still have the chemistry that has cracked-up audiences since 1985. The sizeable crowd heard them take on current issues as well as past events. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was not spared, neither was the visit of American Pre ... Read More

30 years of laughter

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Sunday, April 05, 2015    

Winston ‘Bello’
Bell (left) and
Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis

IT was in 1985 that Winston ‘Bello’ Bell and Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis decided they would combine their acting and comic talent to form the duo Bello and Blakka. To mark their 30th year, the duo will stage a show on Easter Monday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. They are also slated for commemorative dates in Toronto, Florida, New York and Barbados. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Bello and Blakka, both 55, reflected on their three-decade journey. &l ... Read More

‘Anancy’ takes six

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com CHILDREN'S theatre was the big winner at Monday night's Actor Boy Awards held at the Jamaica Pegasus in St Andrew. The production Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz by the Independent Actors Movement (IAM) was the night's big winner, taking home a total of six statuettes out of the 20 which were handed out on the night. The fourth installment in the series from the husband-and-wife team of Damion Radcliffe and Sabrena McDonald won in the categ ... Read More

Doodu Boy takes centrestage

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Stefhen Bryan

THOUGH his early years in McIntyre Villa were rough, Stefhen Bryan visits the east Kingston community commonly known as Dunkirk whenever he is in Jamaica. His time in Dunkirk inspired Doodu Boy, the one-man play which makes its Jamaican debut this evening at 8:00 with a media show at the Theatre Place in St Andrew. Bryan's life in Dunkirk which he describes as 'treacherous' is recalled in the first Act of Doodu Boy. "It's a homecoming of sorts, the show is about me and my experiences as a chi ... Read More

Diaspora keen on Biennial Exhibition

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Dr Veerle Poupeye

MORE satellite locations, greater involvement of the Jamaican diaspora, guest-curated exhibitions, and invitations to regional galleries and museums are some of the items on the National Gallery of Jamaica's (NGJ) checklist at the end of its 2014 Biennial Exhibition which closed a week ago. Dr Veerle Poupeye, NGJ executive director, said approximately 8,000 persons viewed the exhibition at its main site in Kingston, at the National Gallery West in Montego Bay, and other satellite locations sinc ... Read More



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