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Caribbean nationals star in Belfast production of Shakespeare's Tempest

April 27, 2016
Caribbean nationals star in Belfast production of Shakespeare's Tempest BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- To mark the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death (April 23), Terra Nova Productions has re-imagined Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, as part of the global celebration, with Caribbean nationals from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and...

Puerto Ricans take heart in 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's success

April 26, 2016
Puerto Ricans take heart in 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's success SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rican press and social media have been active this week with the news that Lin-Manuel Miranda has become the most recent winner of the prestigious Pulitzer prize in the drama genre with his musical Hamilton, which he composed and wrote.

Andy Narrell to perform at Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole Festival

April 1, 2016
Andy Narrell to perform at Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole Festival ROSEAU, Dominica -- Discover Dominica Authority has announced that Andy Narell has been included as one of the performers for the seventh Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival. The Festival takes place on Sunday May 15, 2016. Andy Narell released his first solo album in 1979.

Rolling Stones rock Havana: PICTURES and VIDEO

March 28, 2016
Rolling Stones rock Havana: PICTURES and VIDEO HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- More than 800,000 Cubans took to the streets of Havana on Friday to embrace rock and roll at an unprecedented free concert given by the legendary Rolling Stones. Described as an unforgettable evening by the band members themselves, the performance of...

OECS audio-visual professionals endorse plans for regional TV series

March 18, 2016
OECS audio-visual professionals endorse plans for regional TV series ROSEAU, Dominica -- A group of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) audio-visual professionals has just ended a three day training exercise on developing strategies for producing content for regional and international media with a commitment to create a regional television...

Commentary: The groovy soca brand

March 16, 2016
Commentary: The groovy soca brand “Sweet soca music” or “groovy soca” has arrested my interest, as a cultural enthusiast, for a long time. I have stated, in a previously published commentary, that this brand of music is the future of soca. In this paper, I will endeavour to highlight the people and the songs that, in my view...

Antigua filmmaker working on regional television series backed by OECS

March 15, 2016
Antigua filmmaker working on regional television series backed by OECS ROSEAU, Dominica -- Filmmaker and television producer Howard Allen was one of the key audio-visual professionals meeting in Dominica last week to discuss strategies for producing a new television series with the backing of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The King of Soca, Arrow to be named National Hero of Montserrat

March 12, 2016
The King of Soca, Arrow to be named National Hero of Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- The third Annual National Honours and Awards ceremony will award eight Montserratians on Wednesday March 16 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The prestigious honour of Order of National Hero will be bestowed on the late Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell.

Animators head to Jamaica for KingstOOn

March 11, 2016
Animators head to Jamaica for KingstOOn KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Animation film makers from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Martinique are among 40 animation film makers from 15 countries who have been selected and have accepted the invitation to attend and participate at the KingstOOn...

Rolling Stones to play free concert in Cuba

March 4, 2016
Rolling Stones to play free concert in Cuba GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The iconic British rock band, The Rolling Stones, is planning to perform for the first time in the Caribbean at Easter with a free ground-breaking concert in Havana, Cuba, on Friday, 25 March. The “Concert for Amity” will take place at the...

Record number of entries received for KingstOOn competitions

February 20, 2016
Record number of entries received for KingstOOn competitions KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 900 entries from 93 countries have been received for the KingstOOn Emerging Animators Content Competition (KEACC) and the KingstOOn International Animation Film Festival (KIACC). “This is an amazing achievement when you consider that this is...

Commentary: David Bowie, gender-bending performing artist, is dead

January 15, 2016
Commentary: David Bowie, gender-bending performing artist, is dead I’ve been a big David Bowie fan since high school (in the late 1970s). My classmates thought I was a weirdo. They preferred acts like Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones. But I took perverse pride and pleasure in having them gossip about my sexuality because I preferred him. For what it’s worth...

Havana World Music Festival to be held in March

January 11, 2016
Havana World Music Festival to be held in March HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The third edition of the Havana World Music Festival will be held in the Cuban capital from next March 24 to 27, and will feature artists from around the world. The list of attendees to the event includes the popular American group Earth, Wind and Fire.

Trinidad calypsonians weigh in on recent election

January 11, 2016
Trinidad calypsonians weigh in on recent election PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Former National Calypso Monarch Eric “Pink Panther” Taylor had the audience at the 54th edition of the Kalypso Revue in Trinidad on Friday night laughing, clapping and dancing with his tune “The Election Is Over”, which ridiculed the former People’s Partnership...

Cuban band wins Latin Grammy Award

November 24, 2015
Cuban band wins Latin Grammy Award HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The album Tributo a Los Compadres. No quiero llanto, by Cuban band Septeto Santiaguero and Dominican singer José Alberto ‘El Canario’, last week won the 2015 Latin Grammy Award in Best Traditional Tropical Album. The award was given by the Latin Recording Academy...

Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club band performs in New York

November 5, 2015
Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club band performs in New York HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The prestigious Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club performed on Tuesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, as part of its Farewell Tour through the United States. According to Prensa Latina news agency, last month the Cuban band and its lead singer Omara Portuondo...

Trinidad to host regional animation and digital media festival

October 26, 2015
Trinidad to host regional animation and digital media festival PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The region’s largest animation and digital media festival, Animae Caribe, is staging its 14th edition of the festival from 27 – 31 October 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago. At this year’s event, Animae Caribe is recording significant progress in terms of regional representation.

Antigua-Barbuda launches film financing programme

September 15, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda launches film financing programme TORONTO, Canada -- Film producer Rudy Langlais (The Hurricane, Sugar Hill) and his partners, Caribbean social entrepreneur Valmiki Kempadoo, Toronto-based producer Don Allan and veteran multi-disciplined film executive Neil Sacker, have closed an equity financing agreement with...

CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain

August 24, 2015
CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian...

Cuba's Los Van Van to perform in Puerto Rico this month

August 11, 2015
Cuba's Los Van Van to perform in Puerto Rico this month HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) The popular Cuban dance band Los Van Van will make a concert appearance on August 22 in Puerto Rico, as part of its current tour of US cities. The presentation will take place at the Convention Center of San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital, the Suena cubano publication announced.

Two Cuban bands pre-nominated for Latin Grammys

August 10, 2015
Two Cuban bands pre-nominated for Latin Grammys HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban bands Los Van Van, currently directed by Samuel Formell, and Havana D’Primera, directed by Alexander Abreu, were pre-nominated on Thursday for the 17th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards. Awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences...

Cuban band Los Van Van to perform in several US cities

August 6, 2015
Cuban band Los Van Van to perform in several US cities HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A Cuban music portal announced on Monday that the popular band Los Van Van will start a tour of several US cities on Friday, July 7. The famous band will perform in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Miami, among other cities where audiences...

Wyclef, Usher and Emile Sande promise breathtaking performances in Curacao

August 3, 2015
Wyclef, Usher and Emile Sande promise breathtaking performances in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The much anticipated Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, which will feature international music sensations like Usher, Lionel Richie, Emeli Sandé, Wyclef Jean, Enrique Iglesias, and John Legend among several others, seems all set to maintain its reputation as the annual...

Revealing new documentary on Cuba airs next month

July 31, 2015
Revealing new documentary on Cuba airs next month WASHINGTON, USA -- As the United States and Cuba move toward normal relations for the first time in more than 54 years, a remarkable documentary film profiles a unique collection of people who are pushing the boundaries and "Reinventing Cuba." The one hour documentary film, "Reinventing Cuba"...

USVI music fest set for St Thomas

June 27, 2015
USVI music fest set for St Thomas ST THOMAS, USVI -- Music will be in the air in the US Virgin Islands this summer. On the heels of the St John Festival carnival celebration to be held over the July 4th holiday weekend, its sister island St Thomas will take its turn to host America's Paradise USVI Music Festival, featuring top tier...

CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness

June 18, 2015
CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Haiti is ready to host CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts) and welcomes the interest shown by the other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries. This was stated by Haiti’s ambassador to CARICOM, Peterson Noel, in a press conference on CARIFESTA XII...

Curacao announces North Sea Jazz Festival line-up

June 18, 2015
Curacao announces North Sea Jazz Festival line-up WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Now in its sixth year, the popular Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival returns to the stage this September 3-5, 2015. This year’s festival will play host to some of the world’s most iconic musicians, including international superstars John Legend, Enrique Iglesias, Wyclef Jean...

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