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CCFA Celebrates 20 Years

For Release Upon Receipt - February 21, 2007

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year with a Caribbean Educative Arts Festival from March 8 - 25, 2007. Since this year also marks the 200th Anniversary of the British Abolition of the Slave Trade, the CCFA joins with UNESCO in making the Abolition of the British Slave Trade the theme of its first Caribbean Educative Arts Festival. Participants in the Festival will be encouraged therefore to explore and interpret the Abolition of the British Slave Trade theme and its significance for the contemporary Caribbean experience.

The Festival has an overall theme of “Inward Stretch, Outward Reach” and is under the patronage of the UWI Vice Chancellor Emeritus Professor Rex Nettleford.  The Festival is expected to become a biennial event, to be held throughout the region, with participation from the three campuses of The University of the West Indies, as well as community-based and arts institutions.

The CCFA in collaboration with the University of Trinidad and Tobago will honour Professor Emeritus Maureen Warner Lewis, whose book, “Guinea’s Other Sons: The African Dynamic in Trinidad Culture”, provides the framework for the CCFA’s 2007 production, which is also entitled “Guinea’s Other Suns”. The production will premiere at the Learning Resource Centre, St. Augustine on March 8, 2007.

Professor Warner-Lewis is a specialist in African and comparative Afro-Caribbean cultures. She is Professor Emeritus from Mona, Jamaica. Guinea’s Other Sons is her seminal work on African retentions in Caribbean society. The book has been described as “an excellent reconstruction of African continuities in the Americas … executed with great sensitivity and literary skill.”

Other participants in the Festival include UWI Mona Campus, Jamaica, Barbados Community College, Youth Training Centre, Trinidad and Tobago, Best Village Groups and the Tobago House of Assembly, Division of Culture.

Admission for adults will cost $60, for UWI students, $50; for children, $20.


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