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GARY CARDINEZ

FOR its latest concert, Los Alumnos de San Juan will take a novel step forward with the staging of a full-fledged parang folk drama at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain.
Led by Wayne Jagdeo, pioneer of pan in parang, Los Alumnos de San Juan, is also a platform for stellar performances by famed lead singer Alicia Jaggasar; this concert will be history in the making for the nine-time champions of the National Parang Association (NPATT) competition.

For the presentation of the drama, titled The Parrandero and His Wife, Los Alumnos has partnered with poet and playwright Pearl Eintou Springer, who has written the script and will direct this excursion into parang musical theatre.
The October 21 concert, starting at 6 pm, will showcase Los Alumnos de San Juan’s outstanding command of traditional parang, Latin songs, and soca parang.

National-award recipient Springer will bring to the event a distinguished reputation that includes her annual Carnival Friday Kambule street theatre and popular plays such as the Emancipation drama, Freedom Morning Come, and Hyarima.

The Parrandero and His Wife will feature actors Shanya Springer, Emmanuel Ansolia and Soga Somorin.
Making use of humour and sharing information about parang, The Parrandero and his Wife explores the tension between a man and his wife as the parang season approaches. On show will be the full repertoire of parang, and Latin musical forms, from the traditional to the innovative.

 

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Patois, Steelpan, East Indian, African and First People rhythms … All these and more are part of the play ‘Harmony in Diversity’, written and directed by Eintou Springer. The play was originally showcased in St. Kitts & Nevis in 2000 as this country’s presentation for Carifesta. In 2018, Idakeda is reviving the play to share with the national public and across the tourism industry.

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As we seek new ways to energise other industries to lessen our dependence on the energy sector, Harmony in Diversity presents us with an opportunity to showcase wholesome entertainment for the entire family, while celebrating our complex mix of cultures and heritage.

Keep checking this space for information about where you will be able to see performances of Harmony in Diversity!


Contact Idakeda directly to book Interventions or Workshops for your organisation, school or community or to purchase our educational videos, books and DVDs. Your contributions go towards our community programmes, cultural events and the work of our NGO, ICAN – the Indigenous Creative Arts Network.

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Stilt walking, painting and wire-bending are just some of the exciting activities on offer at the Zanté! Carnival and Theatre Arts vacation camp this year. The camp, a project of the non-profit arm of Idakeda – ICAN, the Indigenous Creative Arts Network – boasts a new location and new activities. Additionally, the camp will run for three weeks instead of two, and will be held at #63 Carlos St., Woodbrook, from August 6th -25th.

The main objective of the camp is to ensure the long-term survival of the traditional Carnival Arts of T&T by teaching about Carnival Arts, traditional Carnival Characters and indigenous folk forms. The camp encourages the participation of vulnerable youth, so members of the public are encouraged to sponsor the attendance of a young person in need.

Click here to enjoy photos from Zanté! 2017

The Zanté camp caters for children ages 6-12 years old. The cost is TT400 per week, per child; two or more children TT350 per child. For further details and to register please contact 753-0798, visit our website or like our Facebook, Indigenous Creative Arts Network.

 


Contact Idakeda directly to book Interventions or Workshops for your organisation, school or community or to purchase our educational videos, books and DVDs. Your contributions go towards our community programmes, cultural events and the work of our NGO, ICAN – the Indigenous Creative Arts Network.

Thank you for your support and stay with us on our journey

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Hair is my Resistance

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Her Excellency, Paula-Mae Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago ...

 

What connects these women? All of African heritage, all successful and all choose to wear their hair in natural hairstyles. Their professions span the worlds of media, fashion, law film and more. How would they react to the view that because of their natural hair, they are not perceived as professional?

June 20, 2018
Kahaanis and kathas... Storytelling with Masters Eintou Pearl Springer and Raviji

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May 14, 2018

Harmony in Diversity – A Celebration of T&T!

May 14, 2018

Eintou Springer’s ‘Survivor’ Approved For Use In Schools

‘Survivor – A Collection of Plays for Children and Young Adults’ by Eintou Pearl Springer, has been approved for inclusion on the school curriculum by the Ministry of Education. The book is a compilation of her theatrical productions, poetry and original works and is now available to teachers and students of Theatre Arts for teaching purposes and performance.

May 11, 2018

New Location, More Activites for Zante! Vacation Camp In 2018

May 4, 2018

Eintou Pearl Springer Recognised as a ‘Master’

‘The Art and Practice of the Story’ is the name of the programme that will be taught by Eintou Pearl Springer as one of the mentors in the ‘Mentoring by the Masters’ series, an initiative of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. Every year, the ministry selects a number of veterans in the field of culture, the arts and heritage to impart their knowledge to citizens.

August 21, 2017

Origins of Rituals and Customs in the Trinidad Carnival: African or European?

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