Sep 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: St. Lucians

Top Honors: The Poetry + Art of St. Lucia’s Derek Walcott

Words by Natalie Weiner–derek-walcott-documentary

As St. Lucia celebrates its 35th anniversary of independence this year, its culture is about to get a big New York closeup. If you’ve ever wondered about the island’s literature, music, or art, this is definitely the moment to check it out. Upcoming festivities around New York commemorating the 35th anniversary of St. Lucia’s independence on Feb. 22 include concerts, lectures, an art exhibit at the St. Lucian embassy, and a black-tie gala.

The anniversary celebrations coincide with a revival of interest in one of the island’s most notable cultural figures, Derek Walcott. One of the most important creative voices to come out of the Caribbean in the 20th century, the 1992 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature has explored island life and post-colonial culture through plays, poetry, essays, and paintings. Walcott’s work is inspired by the natural and cultural beauty around him. In his words, “from the time I was a child I knew it was beautiful. If you go to a peak anywhere in St. Lucia, you feel a simultaneous newness and sense of timelessness at the same time—the presence of where you are. It’s a primal thing and it has always been that way.”

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Watch Me Now: New Caribbean Cinema’s ‘Ring Di Alarm’ In NYC

Words by LargeUp Crew—

New Caribban Cinema's Ring di Alarm

Fresh off the success of their debut feature Better Mus’ Come, the crew of emerging filmmakers known as New Caribbean Cinema are back with a new feature, Ring Di Alarm. Described as Tales From The Hood meets the Caribbean, Ring Di Alarm collects seven short films from the six up-and-coming directors that make up the NCC collective: Better Mus’ Come director Storm Saulter, Michelle Serieux, Joel Burke, Nile Saulter, Michael “Ras Tingle” Tingling and Kyle Chin.

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