South NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2015

All events take place at the Visitors Centre on San Fernando Hill on Sunday 11 October, unless otherwise stated. With the exception of the Words for Music workshop, all events are free and open to the public.

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The NGC Bocas Lit Fest South Programme

Join us for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest South on Sunday 11 October 2015, San Fernando Hill. With the exception of writing workshops which require pre-registration, all events are free and open to the public. A day of readings, workshops, discussions, performances, open mic, spoken word, children’s activities and more! Food and books on sale.

Shuttle service available from the guard booth at the bottom of San Fernando Hill.

Words for Music
A workshop on poetry and song, with Muhammad Muwakil of Freetown Collective
The best song lyrics are a kind of poetry, given a bigger life by the addition of music. In this two-hour interactive workshop, poet, singer and songwriter Muhammad Muwakil discusses his process of crafting lyrics for musical performance, a delicate balance between pleasing the ear, challenging the mind, and communicating a message with impact.
This event is full and registration is now closed. $100 at the door.
12pm – 2:00pm

Empower! The Art of Storytelling
For ages 6 – 12, with Auntie Thea. Free!
An explosive two hours with stories from a time when Anancy ruled the forest. Renowned storyteller Auntie Thea shares the secret of telling a story at home or in public to overcome fear and to develop self-esteem, confidence and creative thinking. Pre-registration is compulsory.
This event is full and registration is now closed. 
12pm – 2:00pm

A dramatic, musical performance that traces the steps of the First Peoples in South Trinidad, from the shores of Columbus Bay to San Fernando Hill, through the story of five descendants on a quest to shed light on their history. Searching is an excerpt from the full-length play We Stories written by Iezora Edwards as part fulfillment of her Practice-Based Cultural Studies PhD project (UWI). Featuring Alette Williams, Rebekah Daniel, Brian Boyce, Omare Asson, Aryanna Mohammed. Music by Kyle Noel.
2:30 – 2:50pm

Discussion Panel
The First Peoples’ Legacy
With Sunity Maharaj, Basil Reid and Sat Balkaransingh. Chaired by Tracy Assing.
A cultural activist, an archaeologist and a historian challenge our understanding of the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago and explore their lasting influence on Trinidad’s culture. Have recent findings helped re-write and fill the gaps in our history, or do new discoveries continue to raise even more questions?
3:00 – 4:00pm

Open Mic & Entertainment
Featuring special guest performers and an open mic for writers of prose and poetry. Sign up on the day to share your words and stories with the world! Hosted by Kyle ‘Skeeto’ Amos of ONE MIC, San Fernando’s premier open mic event.
4:00 – 4:45pm

A Walk Back in Time
Vignettes of local history, events, landmarks, people and folklore from historian Angelo Bissessarsingh’s new book, A Walk Back in Times: Snapshots of the History of Trinidad and Tobago. Featuring Angelo Bissessaringh, Judy Raymond, Brinsley Samaroo and Geoffrey Maclean.
5:00 – 6:00pm

One-on-one with Sabrina Ramnanan
A one-on-one with rising Canadian star, Sabrina Ramnanan, whose Trinidadian roots and storytelling heritage inform her bestselling debut novel Nothing Like Love.
6:15 – 7:00pm

Poetry Showcase
The Page Meets the Stage
Masters of the written word meet performance poets on stage in the festival finale. ­Featuring Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Shivanee Ramlochan, Colin Robinson, Ariana Herbert, Arielle John and Brendon O’Brien.
7:00 – 8:00pm