The Arts component of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival places at centre stage, the various expressive forms that infuse the island’s cultural experience, and which perpetuate with vibrancy from generation to generation. With Saint Lucia’s enviable distinction of having given the world two Nobel Prize winners - one for literature (Derek Walcott, 1992) - the legacy of heritage, creativity and excellence is a wellspring of inspiration for a people who insist on keeping alive the varied influences that define them – from the Amerindians of Iyanola to Africa, India and Europe. Literature, spoken word, music, dance, fashion and theatre each have their billing, and each carry an educational component designed to provide opportunities to aspiring and established artists to network with industry experts to learn, grow and exchange experiences.
The ICON SERIES: Because Saint Lucians revere their Cultural Icons, dance pioneer – the late Virginia Alexander will be celebrated in a tribute night of dance that features three outstanding US based alumni of the legendary Les Enfants Dance troupe which she founded.
Tania Isaac is a Caribbean-American dancer/choreographer,an Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University, a 2011 Pew Fellow and a 2012 MacDowell Fellow. She has penned a number of articles on dance.
Shakeena President-Beckford studied dance and travels across the United States performing. She teaches dance to City of Chicago teens at a program aptly named Les Enfants in tribute to Virgie Alexander.
Micole Aubertin is a graduate of Hunter College, Cum Laude, and is currently based in New York City where she produces for NYFEST, an annual film/soccer festival.
THE ARTS VILLAGE: An engaging environment in which to discover and collect the most compelling modern and contemporary art from local, regional and international artists. The Village is designed as an interactive journey through inspiring works that span paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, spoken word, guest lectures and artist talks.
Blu Session, Word in Altered Scale – Within the Village, spoken word artistes - both experienced and upcoming - share their messages of love, protest, adulation, motivation and revelation.
World Class Theatre: London’s Globe Theatre performs OMEROS by Nobel Literature Laureate (1992) Derek Walcott. The New York Times Book review applauds OMEROS and notes ‘No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humour, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language or in the ability to express the thoughts of his characters.’ OMEROS spans both time and continents, following the journey of a present-day Odysseus and a beautiful house servant Helen, who incites her own Trojan War. The narrative is rooted on Saint Lucia and performed by Saint Lucian/British acclaimed actor Joseph Marcel alongside Joan Iyiola.
The ARTIST MARKET: Artists and artisans fabricating and plying their ware of unique textures, colours and creative design. Decorative, functional and wearable art arrayed for sale and commission direct from Saint Lucia’s best.
HOT COUTURE: The world has taken note and is waiting with great anticipation, the fashion revelations at the 25th edition of the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. HOT Couture is one of the Caribbean’s exciting new fashion forward catwalk additions to international couture.