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guardian.co.tt Sunday, July 23, 2017
Ndatt AGM today
The annual general meeting of
the National Drama Association
(Ndatt) is scheduled to take place
today at 10 am at the Little Carib
Theatre. The main agenda item
will be the election of a new ex-
ecutive committee that will sit
for two years.
Before it lapsed into dorman-
cy among other goals Ndatt had
planned to form a collective bar-
gaining body for actors and per-
formers, establish a national the-
atre festival, and re-establish the
Cacique Awards for excellence in
theatre, the Performing Arts Net-
work said in a press release.
“Ndatt is the only statutory body
that represents the interests of the-
atre in T&T and it needs new and
vibrant young voices and energy. It
needs a new, young direction from
a new generation. The older gen-
eration will make itself available to
assist, guide and mentor at all times,
but the theatre in T&T needs new
vigour to take it forward.”
Ndatt invites all stakeholders to
attend the AGM.
All financial members will be el-
igible for election to the executive.
More info: Call: 622-4644
The Ole Time Wedding, a venerable part of the annual Tobago Heritage Festival, was staged on July 15 in
Moriah, Tobago. In this Edison Boodoosingh photo, the groom, Dion Briggs, kicks up his heels in celebration as
he proceeds with his bride Simone Briggs. The Tobago Heritage Festival continues at various venues around the
island until August 1.
Local website plentytalent.
com was founded in 2014 based
on the perceived need for a re-
gional database of emerging
talent in all areas of the cre-
Three years later, expansion
plans are in the works through a
crowdfunding campaign in asso-
ciation with the World Bank and
Caribbean crowdfunding consult-
ing company VisionFunder.
Co-founder Gavin Luke said
the website was created using
Unesco’s definition of creative
It therefore features practition-
ers from the visual and perform-
ing arts, film, music, fashion and
literature and stretches across the
Caribbean from the British Virgin
Islands to T&T.
He said that when the site be-
gan, the featured artists were peo-
ple from T&T and the Caribbean
that he and co-founder Andrew
Proudfoot knew from their circles.
As it became more well known,
artists also began to approach
them to be featured on the site,
but they still keep eyes and ears
open for people with potential.
He said being featured on the
site is free, and there are no plans
to charge artists to be featured.
Luke said to be featured crea-
tives should have at least one body
of work, such as music, a film, a
book, dance videos, paintings, etc.
“The template is we do a pro-
file on them, speak about their
achievements to date and we post
completed work that they did.
“We feature one artist at a time
to give people a chance to know
them, and send out email and
social media blasts to let people
know about the featured artist.”
The site garners over 20,000
hits a month from the Caribbe-
an and the diaspora, he said. He
hopes the modifications to the
site will draw more hits and more
Luke said the crowdfunding idea
came about after seeing a call for
Caribbean businesses to partici-
pate in a free Massive Online Open
Course (MOOC), the flagship
Crowdfunding MOOC for Car-
ibbean Entrepreneurs (CMCE),
funded by the World Bank.
Following the eight-week on-
line course, Plenty Talent was
one of two T&T businesses cho-
sen to participate in a coaching
programme to carry out their
crowdfunding campaign, under
a 90-day mentorship programme
delivered by VisionFunder.
He said the campaign, which is
scheduled to begin in early Au-
gust, aims to raise US $6,000 to
There are four major modifica-
tions that will be carried out us-
ing the raised funds. The first will
be to overhaul the site to make it
more user-friendly and the second
will be to develop the film page to
make it more interactive and ena-
ble more short films to be shown.
A third objective is to develop a
more knowledge-based Caribbe-
an literature page, featuring new
books and a top five publications
Luke said the fourth and most
important objective is to devel-
op an artist database that would
enable interested members of
the public to contact the artists
He said the hope is to encour-
age people to gravitate towards the
creative industries and show the
public that there is plenty talent
to be found in the Caribbean.
More info: Email lukega1@yahoo.
com, call 620-8567, or go to
The painting for the album, an
original work created by T&T-resi-
dent Scottish artist Peter Doig will
also be on display.
On July 31, from 9 pm, rapso
group 3canal will celebrate the
tenth edition of its annual mid-
year show, this year called Free-
dom.com BLOW’WAY, by paying
tribute to Layne.
The show will feature 3canal and
the cut + clear crew live and the
Black Box Crew performing a New
Generation Emancipation Procla-
mation and an open mic session,
NEW VOICES in the SPOTLIGHT.
The second event builds on
Layne’s interest in using the arts
to bring about social change and
cultural confidence, the release
“The question today is what is
freedom without power? Now is the
time to speak truth to power and
power to possibility and Proclaim
Emancipation of Self all over again.
Yes now is time to come together +
take heart + Summon Yuh Courage
and challenge Yuh Fears and take
example from the Master of the
Power of love and knowledge of self
over ignorance and contempt and
fear of self and claim yuh Power and
Do Something,” the release said.
“It’s exciting to have an opportu-
nity to celebrate Lance’s work with
his friends, family and collabora-
tors in the land of his birth.
“His work is attracting keen in-
terest from record collectors and
DJs from New York to Berlin,” said
Merten Kaatz of Cree Records in
the press release.
From Page B37
Celebrating Lancelot Layne’s works
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