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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

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.

May 16, 2016

‘Shades of I-She’ now under the Patronage of Mrs Sharon Rowley

The Indigenous Creative Arts Network is very pleased to announce that Mrs Sharon Rowley attorney and wife of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley has graciously consented to be the patron of the rerun of the award winning production Shades of I She Every Womans Story The play will take place at the Big Black Box in Woodbrook from May 27th 29th with a Gala on May 27th

April 25, 2016

# EveryWoman’sStory – Connect with ‘Shades of I-She’ online

Stay in touch with the Shades of IShe online Enjoy behindthescenes sneak peeks from rehearsals photos and more on the ICAN Facebook page Instagram and Twitter as we work towards our May performances
April 11, 2016

Award winning play ‘Shades of I-She’ puts focus on domestic abuse again

The Eintou Springer play Shades of IShe Every Womans Story will once again put the focus on domestic violence incest and other social traumas when it takes to the stage in May of this year The aim of the production is to generate useful discussion and solutions through culture and the arts and to raise funds for the community outreach programmes of ICAN The play will take place at the Big Black Box in Woodbrook from May 27th 29th with a Gala on May 27th
February 1, 2016

No Bois Man no fraid!

By 1881 the people of the barrack yards had had enough They made the decision to fight for the right to practice their carnival rituals or die defending their culture Perhaps for the first time in the history of the stickfighting tradition the various stick groups notorious for their territorial fights put aside their differences to defeat the plan by the police chief Captain Baker to stop the Carnival
January 4, 2016

Kambule Background to the Play3

The British governments attempt to ban Canboulay in 1881 resulted in open riots between AfroCreole revelers and police a turn of events that not surprisingly caused deep resentment within Trinidadian society toward the governments use of power
December 21, 2015

Kambule Background to the Play2

Trinidads carnival dates back to the 18th century and the influx ofFrench Catholic planters from the French Antilles both white and free coloured their slaves and free blacks in the 1780s The white and free coloured both staged elaborate masquerade balls at Christmas and as a farewell to the flesh before the Catholic Lenten seasonwith each group mimicking the other in their masking and entertainment