Arts & Culture

T&T effigies for Jamaica's Grand Gala

Tan Tan & Saga Boy are surrounded by revellers during the Trinidad Carnival. (Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank)

Saga Boy and Tan Tan, two iconic effigies from Trinidad & Tobago’s carnival by renowned artist Peter Minshall, will be included in this year’s Grand Gala scheduled for the National Stadium in St Andrew, on Independence Day, August 6. The announcement was made by Olivia ‘Babsy& ... Read More

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Tivoli troupe’s bright spark

Sunday, July 17, 2016    

WHEN Tivoli Dance Troupe took the stage at their 25th season of dance held at the Little Theatre in Kingston last weekend, among them was seven-year-old Jamielia Taylor. Her confidence and sheer precision elicited thunderous applause from the delighted audience. A resident of Denham Town in West Kingston, Taylor has been dancing with the troupe for three years. Her mother and former dancer, Acara Dixon explained how she became involved with the troupe. Dixon said a female friend used to take ... Read More

Stines living the Dream

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July 10, 2016    

L’Antoinette Stines, artistic director of L’Acadco, takes the spotlight. (Lionel Rookwood)

THIS evening, the curtains come down on L’Antoinette’s Dream at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies. For the past two weekends, a dream of choreographer L’Antoinette Stines has been coming true. Stines, through her company L’Acadco, has long wanted to present a season of performances featuring a company without borders — drawing on her favourite dancers from the island’s major companies to ... Read More

Tuning in to Reggae Day

Friday, July 01, 2016    

Andrea Davis

MORE than 35 cities across the globe are currently engaged in celebrations of International Reggae Day (IRD). Event conceptualiser Andrea Davis said that all is well for today’s observation which will see a number of media outlets worldwide participating with special playlist programmes and interviews, as well as events in select locations. Here in Jamaica, in addition to media partnerships, the main event will be the staging of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Jam ... Read More

Mushroom blooms at CFW

By Simone Morgan-Lindo Observer Staff Reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June 20, 2016    

Mushroom designers Brigid and Jason Lawson accept the CFW Master Designer Award from Pulse’s executive Romae GordonKenyon Hemans

BRIGID Lawson, whose Mushroom swimwear has graced the bodies of Jamaican and Caribbbean beachgoers for many years, was honoured with the Master Designer Award at Caribbean Fashion Week on Saturday. The event was held at Villa Ronai in St Andrew. Pulse CEO, Kingsley Cooper, hailed Lawson as an expert at producing designs to suit all sizes. He said the Mushroom Brand has endured. “With her expert artistic skills, she is complemented by her son Jason who has imbued a fresh approach to trie ... Read More

L’Antoinette’s Dream

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 12, 2016    

L’Antoinette Stines (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Dr L’Antoinette Stines is known for her ‘road less travelled’ approach. And, her company L’Acadco performance seasons are always eagerly anticipated. This year, true to form, Stines presents a production entitled ‘L’Antoinette’s Dream’. “Having choreographed Cricket World Cup’s opening ceremony and Grand Gala in the past, and I am a regular on the shows — so over the years there are dancers that I just love to watch and have al ... Read More

Festival finalists hit the road

Sunday, June 12, 2016    

The 10 finalists in this year’s Jamaica Festival Song Competition. (Michael Steffen)

THE 10 finalists in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition are currently on an islandwide roadshow which began yesterday. “The Festival Song 50th Anniversary Roadshow will not only give the finalists a chance to perform live for audiences across the country, but will also give the public a chance to learn the winning songs,” said Stephen Davidson, director of marketing and public relations at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. Yesterday’s tour covered St Mary and St ... Read More

Pryce-less Movements

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, May 30, 2016    

Choreographer Oneil Pryce diagnosed with cancer

Jamaica’s premier dance companies are pooling their strengths on Thursday, June 2, to stage a fund-raising concert in support of dance teacher and choreographer Oneil Pryce, who was diagnosed with cancer in February. The proceeds from the event, dubbed ‘A Love Offering for Oneil Pryce, will go towards offsetting his bills for radiation and chemotherapy. The concert is set for the Vera Moody Concert Hall, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew. It will ... Read More



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