Question[s] – burning a hole in my brain

How many other festivals do you people know like this?

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i.e. regional (as in international, not sub-national) arts festivals that are multidisciplinary and polyglot?

How much interest would you have in attending something like this?

Cheers.

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5 thoughts on “Question[s] – burning a hole in my brain

  1. 1200 participating artists? This sounds like a real extravaganza. I’d love to get the chance to attend something of this sort, although the dates for this particular one make it impossible. But I’ve heard nothing about it previously, so obviously there’s not much publicity for it here in the U. S., at least, which is a real shame. I don’t know if that’s from lack of serious effort by the festival promoters or indifference on the part of U. S. travel agencies and cultural organizations (and I suspect the latter, given insular U. S. attitudes); in either event, it’s a shame.

  2. being an artist, I’d love to go to something like this! but this is the first I’ve heard of it – still, it must me an amazing experience. holy cow! after something like that, I’d have brain-bleed from absorbing so much creativity.

  3. It’s a new approach to an old idea. The festival has been around for a long time (since 1972) but has not been managed as a festival is managed — i.e. not advertised, not sold, but just used as a means for Caribbean artists to get together and exchange.
    Three years ago a task force reviewed it and saw the potential for a real international festival and began the process of revamping it. The big change is that its organization has to be taken out of the hands of governments and put in the hands of an independent secretariat or foundation. This is a challenge in the Caribbean, where government plays a huge role in everyday life.
    This one is a transitional one from the old model to the new. There has been no advertisement because the planning has been squeezed into a single year. The next one, though is to be held in The Bahamas in 2008 and planning will begin as soon as this one is over.
    Keep watching the website.

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