Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 19th 2015 Contents 4 Friday, June 19, 2015 • Issue 181
Caribbean Fashion will once
again take front and centre stage
at one of the biggest sporting
events in the world -- the highly an-
ticipated PAN AM Games 2015.
Spearheaded by Joan Pierre & As-
sociates alongside celebrated Fash-
ion Impresario Richard Young,
residents and visitors to Toronto,
Canada will have the opportunity to
experience the beauty and panache
of Caribbean Culture, with the world
premiere of "Cuttin' Style Caribbean"
Fashion Showcase. The aim of "Cut-
tin' Style" is to celebrate the flair of
the Caribbean and its people in this
series of contemporary fashion
events. Commissioned by the PAN
AM Games 2015 Organising Com-
mittee, the elegance and sophistica-
tion of "island chic" will come alive on
the runway in this cultural celebra-
tion, under the direction of these ex-
According to Mr. Young, who has
worked with CARIFESTA IX and sev-
eral high-profile fashion initiatives
over the last 30 years, this is a major
boost for the fashion & creative in-
dustries in this region. " The 'Cuttin'
Style' series has been an active part
of my shaping the Caribbean Brand
for several decades. As Creative Di-
rector, I am honoured and excited to
be working alongside Joan (Pierre)
and her production team for this in-
credible opportunity -- she has had
several successful years of experi-
ence working with Caribana (now
the Toronto Caribbean Carnival).
Lastly, it speaks volumes that the
PAN AM Organising Committee rec-
ognizes the importance of showcas-
ing Caribbean Culture on such a
grand international scale: visibly
aligning our cultural ethos with their
sporting and multiculturalist initia-
tives is a recognition of the talent,
contribution and growth happening
in our regional industry."
He also revealed that an impres-
sive list of fashion buyers from North
America and beyond would be in at-
tendance at the events, which trans-
lates to a great boost for commerce
and exposure for designers and their
craft. This unprecedented series of
Caribbean fashion events joins 35
days of PANAMANIA, involving
music, arts and culture that will in-
spire attendees and bring the city of
Toronto to life. Trinidadian designers
expected to participate include Clau-
dia Pegus, Delia Alleyne, Rhion Ro-
many, Zaad & Eastman, Dominique
La Roche, Shaun Griffith Perez,
Charu Lochan Dass, Dominic Hutch
and Robert Young of The Cloth.
Other lead designers from various is-
lands are slated to join the contin-
gent in Toronto mid-July.
The Government of T&T has com-
mitted funding to the "Cuttin' Style
Caribbean" event, through the Min-
istry of Trade, Industry, Investment
and Communications, whose portfo-
lio is handled by Senator The Hon-
ourable Vasant Bharath. The Toronto
2015 Pan American Games will take
place July 10 -- 26 and the Parapan
American Games from August 7 -- 15.
The Games are funded by the Gov-
ernment of Canada, the Province of
Ontario, as well as lead Partner CIBC
and other partners and sponsors.
"Cuttin' Style Caribbean" will take
place between July 16 - 18 at HTO
Park with "Fashion By The Water",
and will culminate with the
"Caribbean Gala Event" at Westin
Harbor Castle in Toronto on July 18.
It has been heralded as the last sum-
mer Carnival in the Caribbean.
It has been heralded as the last sum-
mer Carnival in the Caribbean. It is
Grenada's Spice Mas held this year from
August 1 to 10, a true celebration of a
Caribbean Carnival with J'Ouvert de-
scribed as the best in the world, the Mon-
day Night Mas, with its uniqueness and
neon lights culminating with the Parade of
Bands on Carnival Tuesday. Spice Mas is
similar to T&Ts with events such as Chil-
dren's Carnival Frolic, National Queen
Show, Groovy & Soca Monarch Competi-
tions, Panorama and Dimanche Gras.
Already, the excitement has begun with
the three-day promotional activities in
Trinidad & Tobago hosted by the Grenada
Tourism Authority (GTA) delegation led by
the Minister of Culture & Heritage, the
Hon. Brenda Hood, and included Mr. Rudy
Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Grenada
Tourism Authority and Ms. Shirma Wells,
Director Spicemas Corporation, as well as
tour operators, hoteliers and travel agents.
Once again Trinidadians can be part of the
action through The Fast Ferry Initiative
aptly dubbed "Pure Vibez" presented by
IMG Entertainment and Flavour de Mas as
endorsed by the Grenada Ministries of
Tourism, Culture and The Spice Mas Cor-
poration. Now in its fourth year, The Char-
tered Fast Ferry Initiative was born out of
challenges encountered from local and re-
gional airline carriers five years ago.
This year will see two sailings of the
"Paria Bullet" to transport revellers across
to Grenada for Spice Mas. The NIDCO state
of the art vessel affords passengers a com-
fortable three-hour sail to Grenada. Pack-
ages start from the basic $295.USD,
Departing Trinidad on August 7, returning
on August 13. As part of the experience,
passengers are guaranteed an enjoyable
six full days with an itinerary to keep per-
sons energised. In addition, persons can
play mas with the Summer Mas Crew
Band or bring their costumes and play.
• For more info, contact Anton Alleyne,
IMG Entertainment Co Ltd on 374 6802 or
Charlene Clarke, Flavour de Mas on 781 0017.
Creative TT's 11th annual Secondary
Schools Short Film Festival (SSSFF)
launched at Movie Towne, primarily as an
opportunity to commemorate the win-
ning students of 2014, as well as to de-
clare the opening of the competition for
2015 and announce this year's themes.
Student directors, Khalisha Nelson
(Hillview College) and Johnathon Smith
(St. Augustine Girls High School) shared
sentiments over the highlights, challenges,
but overall rewarding experience of mak-
ing their own film. The viewing of the their
short films, "Folk Lies" and "Shadows" only
served to prove the undeniable talent of
the budding filmmakers.
Trinidadian-born actor and producer, G.
Anthony Joseph, shared some words
with audience of students. "Be the best
human being you possibly can be. These
are the things that make us great film-
makers. You've got to be a human first ...
because you'd have no stories to tell."
Several schools were honoured for
their short film submissions for 2014:
• St. George's College--Best Cultural
Film "Bake & Zaboca"
• ASJA Boys, Charlieville---Best Social
Awareness Film "Suicidal Thoughts"
• Pentecostal Light and Life High
School---Best Environmental Film "Eden"
• Holy Cross---Best Actor---Jarod Bap-
tiste in "Hydro Heist"
• Hillview College---People's Choice
• St. Augustine Girls High School
• Group 1---Best Original Score "Life
• Group 2---Best Open Theme, Best Ac-
tress Shannon Salick and Best Overall
Film "Folk Lies"
Students interested in entering the
competition can choose one theme for
the production of their short film:
Culture: "Trinidad and Tobago---A Blast
From the Past"
Social Awareness: "Selfie Nation---The Evo-
lution or Regression of Human Interaction"
The Environment: "Genetic Modifica-
tion or Mutation---Where Are We Head-
ing?"Science, Technology, Engineering
and Math (STEM): "Artificial Intelli-
gence---Future of Robotics and Mankind"
or "Weird Science---T&T in 2080".
• For more info contact:
TTFC - 625-FILM (3456)/
Facebook: The Trinidad and
Tobago FILM Company
Richard Young, Creative Director of
Cuttin' Style Caribbean.
Joan Pierre, Executive Producer of Cuttin' Style Toronto, is joined by CEO of PAN AM Games, Mr. Saad Rafi (left of Ms.
Pierre) as well as models in Caribbean fashion designs, during the launch of PANAMANIA in Toronto.
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