KOTE cancelledWednesday, April 26, 2017
BY BASIL WALTERS
THIS year's staging of the annual urban arts festival Kingston On The Edge (KOTE) has been cancelled. The event is usually held in June.Enola Williams, co-founder of the 10-year-old festival, confirmed the developments to the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
“Yes, it is true (that the show is off) ,” she told the Observer.
The event's cancellation is due to a combination of factors including financial constraints.
“The staging of the festival is a large undertaking and can be difficult, given that it is a 10-day studio and performing arts festival held at over 26 venues throughout Kingston with hundreds of artistes participating,” said Williams.
The co-founder expressed appreciation for everyone who contacted them and submitted work with a desire to be part of an event to make Kingston special.
“We continue to have a strong belief in the festival and its objectives, including to show that art can be appreciated by anyone irrespective of background, and that art can be a tool of positive change in our society… We look forward to the possibilities for KOTE 2018,” she said.
Started in 2007, KOTE is the brainchild of Beatriz Pozueat, Carolyn Lazarus, Joaquin Portocarrero, Omar Francis, and Williams.
In 2014 KOTE's mission was to assist in the restoration of The Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston. The event, dubbed 'Opera Meets Nyahbinghi', saw a number of Jamaica's top classical artistes, including Jon Williams, Peter Ashbourne and Steven Woodham, sharing the stage with Chilean mezzo-soprano Maria Cecilia Toledo and veteran reggae guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith's Inna Di Yard All Stars roots ensemble at the historic venue.
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