Idakeda will host approximately forty students from the Black Cultural Centre of Purdue University in October this year, for a series of cultural workshops and lectures. They will be here as part of a research tour into African cultural retentions and the history of the African in Trinidad and Tobago.
The workshops will focus on the relevant plays and poetry of national awardee for culture and cultural icon, Eintou Pearl Springer.
The students will be treated to extracts from Eintou's plays, ‘Baby Doll Meets Midnight Robber' and ‘Kambule'. The play ‘Baby Doll Meets Midnight Robber' uses our traditional carnival characters to treat with pressing social problems of AIDS, teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, and incest. ‘Kambule', performed before thousands each year on Carnival Friday morning, celebrates the victory of the stickfighters over the colonial administration as they fought to save Carnival.
We at Idakeda wish to thank the National Carnival Commission for graciously partnering with us in this venture, and for their continued support of our efforts to promote the culture and heritage of Trinidad and Tobago.
This visit by Purdue is a great honour for us. We thank them for their recognition of and respect for our work and look forward to ongoing good relations with them.
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