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Jouvay Ayiti 2014 - Is REAL Jouvay!

For Release Upon Receipt - February 5, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – In just four years, Jouvay Ayiti has emerged as one of the most dynamic and exciting groups on the Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival landscape. Since its formation after the tragic Haitian earthquake of 2010 as an arts-based project created specifically for shifting consciousness about Haiti, Jouvay Ayiti has matured into a respected Carnival arts collective.  

Today, Jouvay Ayiti functions as a mas-based partnership among Curepe Scherzando Steelband, Studio 66, the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies, and The University of the West Indies Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA). It is focused on building Caribbean consciousness through mas performance, workshops, educational events and publications.

After two consecutive wins of the Jouvert Band of the Year title (downtown Port of Spain small band), Jouvay Ayiti will present for Jouvert 2014, ‘IMPsPERSONsNATION’ (pronounced ‘impersonation’), the mas is in the name:         

- IMPs - a little devil, mischievous person        

- PERSONs - a human being?        

- NATION - Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean        

- IMPERSONATION - to pretend to be …  

But before hitting the road on Monday March 3, pre-carnival workshops are offered in some of the traditional arts of mas-making. These are a series of Saturday workshops, at 5 contact hours and $200 each, that offer an introduction to the following skills:         

- Wire-bending - February 8th – 10am-4pm

- Papier-mâché - February 15th – 10am-4pm        

- Cardboard Sculpting - February 22nd – 10am-4pm 

Jouvay Ayiti is also pleased to present ‘Masters of the Mas’; an educational series which seeks to explore and document the significance of the work of major traditional carnival artists and their contributions to the intangible heritage of our country. The second installment in this series is as follows:         

- ‘Tuesday Mas is HELL’ – Monday February 4, at 7pm, at Studio 66, 6th Street (via 6th Avenue) Barataria. Come meet ‘up close and personal’, Brian ‘Tico’ Skinner, renowned for his Carnival Tuesday devil band presentations.  

For further information and bookings, please contact Jouvay Ayiti at or call/text/WhatsApp/Viber at 320-0041 or BBM 79D8902F.  


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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.) 

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