Carifesta

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please follow the links below to register for the FREE event.

All other events are free and open to all! No tickets required.

Day 1
17 Aug 2019
Day 2
18 Aug 2019
Day 3
19 Aug 2019
Day 4
20 Aug 2019
Day 5
21 Aug 2019
Day 6
22 Aug 2019
Day 7
23 Aug 2019
Day 8
24 Aug 2019

Workshop: Preparing for Publication

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Preparing for Publication: Eminent Jamaican Publisher Ian Randle tells how to get published, from finding an editor to the dollar and cents question, and writer Debbie Jacobs shares her experience being published.
Ian Randle

Workshop: Master Class

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This intensive writing workshop will explore the practice of Caribbean nonfiction—specifically, life-writing and lyric essay—not only as an art, but as a deliberate act of self-definition that draws directly on the experiences of the writer.
Kevin Browne

Open Mic Readings: Fiction

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Emerging and published Fiction writers from Trinidad and Tobago and the region take the stage.

Workshop: Getting Started – Writing Basics for Beginners

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Getting started: A practical, hands-on session for beginning writers and anyone who wants to start exploring their literary talent. Here are the fundamentals of plot, character, voice, and subject, and tips on how to turn experience and inspiration into literary prose.
Muli Amaye

Songs of the Islands

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A showcase of poetry from some of the regions. Featuring Esther Phillips (poet laureate of Barbados), Vladimir Lucien (St. Lucia, winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize), Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (T&T, winner of the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for poetry), Chadd Cumberbatch (Montserrat), and Andre Bagoo (T&T).
Andre Bagoo
Chadd Cumberbatch
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
Esther Phillips
Vladimir Lucien

Earl Lovelace Presents

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The winner of the OCM Bocas Prize 2012, Earl Lovelace takes the stage.
Earl Lovelace

Workshop: Poetry Master Class

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Poetry masterclass: The winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize, one of the most celebrated young poets from the Caribbean, leads an insightful masterclass for intermediate poets and those preparing manuscripts for publication, on how to push your poems to the next level and create a coherent, compelling book.
Vladimir Lucien

Open Mic Readings: Poetry

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Emerging and published Poets from Trinidad and Tobago and the region take the stage.

Family Matters

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Fiction writers read on the theme of Family. Featuring Dwight Thompson (Jamaica), Robert Edison Sandiford (Barbados), Lisa Allen-Agostini (T&T), Ira Mathur (T&T), Collette Jones-Chin (Anguilla), Zahra Gordon (T&T) and Lance Dowrich (T&T).
Colette Jones-Chin
Dwight Thompson
Ira Mathur
Lance Dowrich
Lisa Allen-Agostini
Robert Edison Sandiford
Zahra Gordon

They Called Him Kitch

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A biography with music of the legendary Lord Kitchener. Featuring music by Anthony Joseph - Producer, Krisson Joseph - (vocals/guitar), Mawasi Warner - (double bass) and Modupe Folasade Onilu - (Drums/Steel Pans).
Anthony Joseph

Workshop: Getting Started – Writing Basics for Beginners

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Getting started: A practical, hands-on session for beginning writers and anyone who wants to start exploring their literary talent. Here are the fundamentals of plot, character, voice, and subject, and tips on how to turn experience and inspiration into literary prose.
Muli Amaye

Open Mic Readings: Non-Fiction

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Emerging and published Non-Fiction writers from Trinidad and Tobago and the region take the stage.

Stories Like Mas

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T&T writers share poems and prose inspired by traditional mas characters the Midnight Robber and the Bookman.
H.K. Williams
June Aming
June Aming
Kevin Browne
Kevin Jared Hosein
Rhoda Bharath

Workshop: Life into Fiction

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Life into Fiction: Anthony Joseph, musician, poet and the author of Kitch, a novel based on the life of T&T’s iconic calypsonian, leads a workshop on the art of biographical fiction.
Anthony Joseph

Open Mic Readings: Spoken Word

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Spoken Word Performance artistes from Trinidad and Tobago and the region take the stage.

What Caribbean Means

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Readings about what it means to be Caribbean, followed by Brian London and Myron Bruce debating Caribbean unity in witty calypso lyrics. Featuring Kendel Hippolyte (St. Lucia winner of the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize, Poetry), John Robert Lee (St. Lucia), Angelique Nixon (Bahamas/TT), and Yvonne Weekes (Montserrat).
Angelique V. Nixon
Brian London
Brian London
John Robert Lee
Kendel Hippolyte
Myron Bruce
Myron B
Tamara Groeneveldt
Tamara Groeneveldt
Yvonne Weekes
Yvonne Weekes

UMOJA – Thicker Than Water

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The diversity of the region is both complex and rich. Steeped in a history populated by peoples of various lineages, “UMOJA….Thicker than Water” is a concert which celebrates the African heritage of the region. In music, dance and the spoken word, UMOJA will present leading artists from Trinidad and Tobago as well as the region reinforcing the themes which underscore UMOJO. From the Swahili word for ‘Unity’, Umoja identifies that blood is thicker than water. As we celebrate Caribbean Unity in CARIFESTA XIV, Umoja will echo the sentiments of the ancestors and the importance of family whilst recognizing that all peoples of the Caribbean are united through our shared culture and history. Featuring readings by T&T writers Kevin Adonis Browne and Zahra Gordon.
Kevin Browne
Zahra Gordon

Workshop: The Opinion Piece in the Digital Age

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The Opinion Piece in the Digital Age: Everyone has an opinion. This workshop will explore more than just how to express an opinion but rather provoking and encouraging a pivoting of your reader's perspective.
Mark Lyndersay

Open Mic Readings: Fiction

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Emerging and published Fiction writers from Trinidad and Tobago and the region take the stage.

A New Daughters of Africa showcase

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A showcase of readings by T&T authors from the landmark new anthology New Daughters of Africa. Featuring Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Barbara Jenkins, Lisa Allen-Agostini, and Attillah Springer.
Attillah Springer
Barbara Jenkins
Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw
Lisa Allen-Agostini

A conversation with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

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The renowned Kenyan writer, author of classics such as A Grain of Wheat and Wizard of the Crow, reads from his work and discusses the ideas driving his fiction.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Workshop: Spoken Word Master Class

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Deneka Thomas, winner of the 2018 First Citizens National Poetry Slam, leads participants through the writing poetry for performance and stage impact.
Deneka Thomas

Open Mic Readings: Poetry

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Emerging and published Poets from Trinidad and Tobago and the region take the stage.

Thursday Noir

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An exciting evening of readings from writers tackling the darker side of Caribbean life. Featuring Robert Edison Sandiford (Barbados), Kevin Jared Hosein (T&T, winner of the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize), Kei Miller (Jamaica, winner of the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize), and Keith Jardim (T&T).
Kei Miller
Keith Jardim
Kevin Jared Hosein
Robert Edison Sandiford

RANGEELA – We Mark Your Memory

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Throughout the Caribbean exists retentions of cultural elements derived from the first peoples to indentured migrants. “Rangeela….We Mark Your Memory” is a cultural showcase of literature, music and dance paying homage to the memory of the East Indian contribution to Caribbean culture. Complex and ever vibrant, East Indian culture continues to radiate with historical authenticity and modern explorations. Trinidad and Tobago boasts some of the region’s leading East Indian cultural icons, giving birth to new artforms such as chutney music. From the Hindustani word for ‘Colourful’, Rangeela celebrates the diversity of our culture and that the preservation of our identity, secures the memory of our forefathers for future generations. Featuring readings by T&T writers Patti-Ann Ali, Stella Chong Sing, and Gabrielle Jameela Hosein.
Gabrielle Hosein
Patti-Anne Ali
Stella Chong Sing

Workshop: Inspired by Art – Using Visual Art as a Trigger

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Poetry, art, and witness: This workshop will examine myriad ways in which poetry can engage with and respond to art, in its broadest sense, asking questions about what a poet has to gain by being in dialogue with other artists.
Andre Bagoo

Open Mic Readings: Non-Fiction

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Emerging and published Non-Fiction writers from Trinidad and Tobago and the region take the stage.

An hour with Michael Anthony and Willi Chen

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Readings by two of T&T's best loved authors, from their recent fiction.
Michael Anthony
Willi Chen
Willi Chen

Spoken Word Showcase

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Amazing spoken word talent from T&T and the rest of the Caribbean. Featuring Alexandra Stewart, Deneka Thomas, Seth Sylvester, Idrees Saleem, plus D.J. Simmons from Barbados, Vanessa Croft Thompson from Anguilla, Ethan Fletcher from St. Lucia, and Scott Ting-A-Kee, Gabrielle Mohamed, and Daryll Goodchild from Guyana.
Alexandra Stewart
D.J. Simmons
Daryll Goodchild
Deneka Thomas
Gabrielle Mohamed
Scott Ting-A-Kee
Seth Sylvester
Seth Sylvester
Vanessa Croft-Thompson

Workshop: Writing the Erotic

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Telling a story that stimulates your reader’s imagination, exciting more than the body, is at least one of the goals of this life-affirming genre. If birds do it and bees do it, you as a writer should be able to write it, too.
Robert Edison Sandiford

Open Mic Readings: Spoken Word

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Spoken Word Performance artistes from Trinidad and Tobago and the region take the stage.

Family Matters

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Writers explore the the theme of Family Matters. Featuring Ruel Johnson (Guyana), Barbara Lalla (Jamaica/T&T), Muli Amaye (UK/T&T), and Aliyyah Eniath (T&T).
Aliyyah Eniath
Barbara Lalla
Muli Amaye
Ruel Johnson

Tales of the Supernatural

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Four writers from T&T share prose and poems inspired by folklore and the supernatural. Featuring James Christopher Aboud, Gerard Besson, Vashti Bowlah, and Breanne McIvor.
Breanne McIvor
Gerard Besson
James Christopher Aboud
Vashti Bowlah

Let’s Tell Stories with Paul Keens-Douglas and Friends

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The King of the talk tent takes the stage.
Paul Keens-Douglas