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Binge on Bocas: recap all festival events

This weekend, lovers of books, stories, and ideas can “binge” on a recap of the 2020 festival.

With eighteen events and over 80 writers, speakers, and performers, the 2020 NGC Bocas Lit Fest was livestreamed TV-style over three days, with continuous broadcasts including archival footage from past years and specially commissioned comedy sketches. Now we’re releasing all eighteen events as standalone videos on our YouTube page, making it easier to explore the 2020 programme. The videos will be available to viewers from 7 pm on the evening of Friday 2 October.

This is a chance to re-watch your favourite 2020 festival events, or catch up on the ones you missed. Programme offerings range from readings of recently published books to powerful debates on the legacies of the 1970 Black Power Revolution and the state of Caribbean political leadership. Viewers can also return to the specially commissioned staged reading of Merle Hodge’s Crick Crack Monkey, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the beloved novel, and a special virtual Extempo debate between calypsonians Black Sage and Brian London. You can scroll through the programme here, or download a copy of the festival guide.

The 2020 festival, the first ever to be staged entirely virtually, drew over 30,000 live viewers on the weekend of 18 to 20 September, across multiple platforms. The individual event videos posted on Friday 2 October will form a permanent archive accessible to viewers everywhere.

The National Gas Company is the festival’s title sponsor and First Citizens is its lead sponsor. Main sponsors are One Caribbean Media and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts. The NLCB is a supporting sponsor and The UWI and Massy Foundation are sponsors.