Arts & Culture

No to #*#@

Dub poet Yasus Afari does not believe Jamaican expletives should be allowed in the dancehall space. He was speaking with the Jamaica Observer at the ninth Jamaica Poetry Festival, held last Sunday at Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in Kingston. Read More

Ja's culture on show in Sweden
MEMBERS of Sweden's small Jamaican community turned out at Lappis Beach in Stockholm on August 3 to celebrate their country's Independence Day.... Read More

Honour of a Lifetime
Professor Edward Baugh received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to language and literature at the ninth Jamaica Poetry Festival. The event, organised by dub poet Yasus Afari, was held Sunday evening at the Louis Bennett Garden Theatre on Hope Road in...... Read More

NDTC gets it right
The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) has for a number of year been stressing its mantra of renewal and continuity.... Read More

Finding Miss Lou

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer | Sunday, August, 11 2019    

Amina Blackwood-Meeks, an authority on oral history in Jamaica, says more should be done to teach Jamaica's youth about legendary folklorist Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley. Read More

Joanna Walker tastes victory

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer | Tuesday, August, 6 2019    

St James' Joanna Walker is the 2019 Jamaica Gospel Song winner. The final, held Sunday evening, filled the National Arena in Kingston with songs of praise. Read More

Khamara Wright is Festival Queen

BY AALIYAH CUNNINGHAM Observer Writer | Sunday, August, 4 2019    

 IT was a historical moment last Thursday evening at the National Arena in Kingston, as 23-year-old Khamara Wright, who represented the parish of St Catherine, walked away with the 2019 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen crown. Read More

Quilt's ReAshore'd was riveting

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, August, 1 2019    

There is a poignant line in Quilt Performing Arts Company's production, ReAshore'd, in which the character, in reassuring her people that they have the strength to overcome the horrors of slavery states: “We may have left home, but home has never left... Read More

Quilt berths ReAshore'd

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July, 28 2019    

It premiered to rave reviews at Carifesta in Barbados last year, played in Jamaica in April of this year, and this weekend Quilt Performing Arts Company is remounting its work ReAshore'd at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at The University of the West Indies,... Read More

One more day

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July, 28 2019    

The overwhelming response to Artwalk, the free monthly art and culture showcase held in downtown Kingston is pushing the organisers to increase the event two days per month. Read More

Authentic moves

BY AALIYAH CUNNINGHAM Observer writer | Friday, July, 26 2019    

EUROPEAN dance group, Be Your Authentic Self (BYAS) is one of 13 troupes participating in the World Reggae Dance Championship at the National Arena in Kingston next Friday night. It starts at 8:00 pm. Read More

Summer exhibit opens at National Gallery

Sunday, July, 21 2019    

The National Gallery of Jamaica will officially open its inaugural Summer Exhibition today, conciding with its 'Last Sundays Programme. Read More

Kudos to Campion Dance Society

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, July, 16 2019    

FROM June to December, a number of dance troupes bring their skills and talents to the stage. Read More

New works and favourites for NDTC season

DEBORAH GORDON Observer writer | Sunday, July, 14 2019    

A potent combination of existing works and favourites from over the years have been brought together for the 57th season of dance by The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), which will run at the Little Theatre from July 19 to August 11. Read More

Through our lens

Sunday, July, 14 2019    

In the age of the smartphone, which puts a camera at the fingertips of a large number of people, photography as an art form seems to be diminishing. But that's not going to happen anytime soon if local photographers Cheryl Hylton, Ulrick Lawrence and Dane Hucey have their way. Read More


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