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Teaching youth to 'Zante'
acting and storytelling are some
of the activities offered by the In-
digenous Creative Arts Network
(ICAN) in its upcoming vacation
camp, Zante. Camp director Dara
Healey said the Trinidad Creole
word"zante" means "to play your-
self,to show off" and is often used
by stickfighters in admiration of
complex foot movements.
Healey said other activities would
include traditional Carnival charac-
ters, fire-breathing, stage make-up
and costume design. The various skills
will then be pulled together into one
cohesive production based on a theme
chosen by the camp's participants.
"We will be exploring storytell-
ing using the various traditional arts
of T&T and the themes will be very
Trinidad and Tobago-centric."
The camp will be run by Healey
and Shanya Springer, with sessions
by Eintou Pearl Springer and other
Healey said the camp at San Juan
South Secondary School builds on
ICAN's vision of exposing vulnerable
young people to areas within the Car-
nival arts and related fields as a means
of empowering them and boosting
their senses of self and self-esteem.
"We build on their natural interest
in these areas to keep them focused in
school and beyond, and to encourage
them to build their marketability if they
are interested in careers in these areas."
The camp is open to ages ranging
from 12- 17 and 18- 25. "There are
[grown up] people who are interest-
ed because they might have a project
coming up or are thinking of getting
into one of these areas, so we thought
it would be nice to extend it to an older
group as well," Healey said.
The organisation is appealing to
individuals and corporate entities
to sponsor a participant at $300 per
participant, so that more young people
can be reached.
The camp runs from 9 am-3 pm,
Monday-Friday, from August 14-25,
with the finale on August 26. (PL)
MORE INFO: Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or find
Indigenous Creative Arts Network
ICAN on Facebook.
Young performers have their say
"iCaribbean and I have a
Story" was the name of the
Teatro Journee vacation camp
that closed on July 28 with the
presentation We Taking Back
We Country, End of Story. The
camp took place at Bon Air West
Community Centre, Arouca.
The finale re-represented the
1990 attempted coup through the
use of drama, dance and song.
Camp Director Tafar-Chia Lewis
said the idea of examining the at-
tempted coup came from what the
participating children, aged six to 16,
had to say about the current crime
situation in T&T.
"What would something like that
look like if it happened in 2017, based
on the things that are happening, es-
pecially the missing women? When
we got feedback from the children,
we realised they were aware of so
much but they don't think they are
capable of voicing it. So we tried to
give them a space to be able to voice
how they feel about the society and
also discuss the solutions to things
that are happening in society now."
In addition to forming tableaus of
events which occurred during the
coup, the children made speeches,
some in the Tobago Speech Band
format, about things that are im-
portant to them, such as corruption,
littering, bullying, corruption, elec-
tions and the need to come together
as a country.
They appealed to the audience to
pay attention, saying, "Who's lis-
tening? People don't listen! Let's
start the dialogue, our emotions
are real, we want you to listen."
There were also performances by
stilt walkers and dancers doing the
Heel and Toe Tobago jig, and camp
members sang Denise Plummer's
Let the Flowers Bloom Again, Xtat-
ic's The World Needs More Love and
Merchant's Let Us Build a Nation
Fifi appointed VP at
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Trinidadian Daniela Fifi has
been appointed vice president of
education and progamming at the
Brooklyn Children's Museum as of
Fifi's responsibilities include the
conceptualisation of the direction of
the education programmes at the mu-
seum including public programmes,
after school programmes and teen
programmes. She will also oversee
the development of exhibitions at
A past student of Holy Name Con-
vent, Port-of-Spain, Fifi holds a Bach-
elor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Communica-
tion Design from the Pratt Institute and
a Master of Arts (MA) in Art Gallery
and Museum Studies from the Uni-
versity of Manchester.
Fifi's museum career spans ten years.
She has worked in Europe, the United
States and the Caribbean. Her museum
career in the Caribbean started at the
National Museum and Art Gallery in
Port-of-Spain where she worked as an
art curatorial specialist.
It was there she developed a love
for museum education as she enjoyed
interacting with the public, engaging
people in conversations about the col-
lections and art, said a press release on
Fifi's appointment sent to the Sunday
Her thesis at Columbia University,
where she is currently pursuing a doc-
torate, focuses on the development of
programming within cultural institu-
tions around Caribbean art education.
At the Brooklyn Children's Museum,
Fifi plans to introduce programmes
around Caribbean art.
"The educational mission of the
museum is to inspire curiosity on
global cultures and develop cultural
literacy in children that they become
enlightened and global citizens of the
world---coming from my professional
and academic background this job is
a perfect fit."
TTFF to open with gala
screening of Green Days film
Green Days by the River, a film
adaptation of Michael Anthony's
classic 1967 novel of the same
name, will open this year's T&T
Film Festival with a red carpet gala
and screening to be held at the Na-
tional Academy for the Perform-
ing Arts (Napa),Port-of-Spain, on
The first local film by a T&T direc-
tor and producer to open the festival,
director Michael Mooleedhar's film is
set in rural 1950's Mayaro. The protag-
onist is 15-year-old Shell, who grows
to manhood in the bittersweet circum-
stances in which he finds himself when
he moves to the village.
"Beautifully shot---echoing the
book's emphasis on nature---and
faithful to the novel in other ways,
the film has strong performances
from acting newcomer and second-
ary school student Sudai Tafari (Shell),
Anand Lawkaran (Mr Gidharrie), and
veterans Che Rodriguez (Pa), and Dara
Healy (Ma Lammy)," the TTFF said in
a press release.
Director Michael Mooleedhar said,
"It is a dream come true. I screened
my first film at the TTFF in 2008 and
ever since the festival has been our first
stop for premiering our movies, so it is
truly an honour. I always look forward
to this event and this year promises to
be even more special."
Festival founder and director Bruce
Paddington said in the release, "We are
thrilled to once again be opening the
festival with a local feature. Green
Days by the River was one of 15 films
in development that participated in our
Caribbean Film Mart in 2015. As two
graduates of the UWI film school, it
is such a joy to see (director) Michael
Mooleedhar and (producer) Christian
James' film come to fruition. We ex-
pect it to go from strength to strength
and hope people will come out in their
numbers to see it."
The red carpet premiere of Green
Days by the River at Napa will be fol-
lowed by a screening at MovieTowne,
San Fernando, on September 25.
Green Days by the River is one of
four T&T features and over 34 local
shorts that will premiere at the festival
A still from the film adaptation of Michael Anthony's novel Green Days by
the River, directed by Michael Mooledhar and produced by Christian James.
PHOTO COURTESY: TTFF
Performers at Teatro Journee Finale .
Reheem and Lashunda from San Juan South Secondary School portray
Anansi and his wife in an ICAN production. PHOTO COURTESY: ICAN
Trinidadian Daniela Fifi
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