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Caribbean Carnival 2014 In New York City Gets Underway

 Caribbean Carnival In New York City Gets Underway 

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Photo: The 2013 queen of carnival Kay Mason, from the band Borokeete, portraying “Celebration of Darkness to Light thursday night at the Brooklyn Museum. Thecostume was designed by Follette Eustace. (William Farrington/WIADCA Photo)

News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Thurs. Aug. 28, 2014:  Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will today help kick-off the beginning of the annual five-day celebration of Caribbean carnival in New York City – the West Indian American Day Carnival.

North America’s largest carnival turns 47 this weekend and got underway officially at 3 p.m.Thursday August 28, with ‘The Stay in School Youth Fest,’ a free program, presents an opportunity for young people to showcase their artistic talents on stage to approximately 3,000 attendees. Continue reading

African-Guyanese traditions need to be revived and cherished – by Murphy Browne

African-Guyanese traditions need to be revived and cherished

Jane engage and she tink nobady like she
Jane engage and she tink nobady like she
Run a kokah dam someting bruk away
Run a kokah dam
Jane engage and she walk the village wid style
O run a kokah dam someting bruk away
Run a kokah dam

From Guyanese kwe-kwe song “Jane Engage”

Singing and dancing to kwe-kwe songs is an important part of some African Guyanese pre-wedding celebration. The songs are sung in the Guyanese Creolese language which is derived from several Central African and West African languages combined with the languages of the Europeans who enslaved Africans. The kwe-kwe pre-wedding celebration does not seem to have a corresponding ceremony in any present-day African nation which suggests it was probably derived from a combination of African ceremonies. 

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GCA New York – Guyana Folk Festival Season – August 2014

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GCA NEW YORK- GUYANA FOLK FESTIVAL SEASON

50 years of Notting Hill Carnival: the changing face of London’s party weekend

50 years of Notting Hill Carnival: the changing face of London’s party weekend

An event that began as an attempt to lift the spirits of West Indian immigrants has survived controversy and violence, but now the street party is also big business

The Observer, Sunday 24 August 2014 – Nadia Khomami

Notting Hill Carnival, London 2013

Last year’s carnival, which is thought to have attracted about a million people. Photograph: Ben Cawthra/REX

The first memory Mikey Dread has of Notting Hill carnival is a warm one. His now famous sound system, Channel One, had just finished playing a show in a giant shed in Portobello Road to 2,000 people. They had begun to take down the equipment in anticipation of doing it all again the next day when a group of local men in their 60s approached them. “They said to us ‘no, there’s no need to pack up, we’ll stay here and look after your stuff’. And they did. They stayed up the whole night playing dominoes and looking after our sound system.”   Continue reading

Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Asso NY – Dinner/Dance – Bayside NY – Oct 3, 2014

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Storytelling Concert by Ken Corsbie & Friends – NY – Sept 6, 2014

“See you in September…”

New York STORY Exchange (NYSE)

(Aka American Center for Theatre & Storytelling)

 Storytelling Concert

Featuring

KEN CORSBIE  and  Friends

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

In the home of Barbara Aliprantis,

Founder/Artistic Director of NYSE

*43-77 169th Street, Flushing, NY 11358  Continue reading

Thousands attend Notting Hill Carnival in west London

Thousands attend Notting Hill Carnival in west London

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the first day of Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival.

The two-day event in west London started with children’s day and featured Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.  Giant floats and dancers wearing colourful costumes made their way along the procession route from 10:00 BST.

About a million people are expected at the two-day event which ends on Monday August 25, 2014   Continue reading

Welcome To The Magical World Of International Stilt-Walkers

Welcome To The Magical World Of International Stilt-Walkers

Re-imagining school – Playlist (13 talks): TED videos

       Playlist (13 talks): Re-imagining school

All over the world, there’s a growing consensus that our education systems are broken. These educators offer lessons in how we might re-imagine school.

  • 19:24

    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
  • 20:27

    Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

What kind of web do we want? – by Sir Tim Berners-Lee – video

What kind of web do we want? – by Sir Tim Berners-Lee – video

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness.

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