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KOTE 2013 Brings 'Renewal'
Kingston on the Edge, the 2013 edition is ready to roll out. The 6th installation of the festival will run from Friday June 21 through to Sunday, June 30 proffering a diverse mix of approximately 30 exhibitions and performances that range across, fine art, photography, craft, theatre, film, poetry, music and varied combinations.
Under the theme Renewal, KOTE 2013 continues the tradition of an opening night of exhibitions and performances at Redbones, the Blues Cafe, on Argyle Road, Kingston. This year, there will be simultaneous exhibitions throughout the restaurant grounds.
Audrey Lynch’s solo exhibition ‘Notes From a Fellow Traveller.0stranenie: making strange’ will take over the gallery. Kenyan artist Mazola wa Mwashighadi and Jamaican artist Heather Munro will stage the installation ‘Tech@morphis’ in the garden, while ‘Kingston in Bloom’ an installation featuring plastic bottles transformed into flowers will be housed in the gazebo. Both installations and the exhibition will run through to June 29.
Opening night will also feature performances by Crimson Heart Replica, Rootz Underground and The Courtney John Project. Additionally, there will be a Capoeira demonstration as well as mixed media art from Inansi.
Cafe What’s On joins the roster of KOTE spaces with ‘Still Have My Joy’ on Saturday, June 22, featuring fashion, textiles, mixed media, photography, painting, jewelry and ceramics.
Poetry takes centre stage on Saturday night when Seh Sup’m delivers an impressive line up including Oku Onuora, Abbebe Payne, and Yashika Graham as well as an acoustic performance by Kabaka Pyramid.
The rule of verse will continue on June 25 as Cherry Natural launches her latest poetry collection, Intellectual Bad Gal during the KOTE edition of the Poetry Society of Jamaica’s monthly fellowship.
Film buffs can keep an eye out for the return of Short Film Night, Monday, June 24, as well as the screening of two documentaries, Ethiopia and the History Not Seen and Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens, at Liberty Hall, Sunday June 23.
KOTE 2013 will also feature exhibitions by photographers Varun Baker and Adrian Dale (Bolivar Gallery, June 27); students of the Edna Manley College through the School of Visual Art’s Final Year Show (June 25), Garfield Morgan (The Olympia Art Centre, June 28); Olivia McGilchrist and David Soutar (NLS Studio, June 23); as well as Don Miller and Drew Barrows (Roktowa, June 30).
Music and theatre should also have a strong showing throughout the festival. Suzanne Couch and Her Big Band who give a special performance to raise funds for Jacqueline Hussey-Pearson’s medical treatment (Friday, June 28). Michael Sean Harris presents MSH Undefined at the Shaare Shalom Synagogue on Sunday, June 23. On Saturday June, 29 Tribe Sankofa and Jean Small will perform at the Grosvenor Gallery while the University Players will bring the Brothers Grimm to the stage in Brother Scamp and Other Tales (June 22 & 23).
The arts festival closes with Kgn Dub Club: KOTE Closing Party which will serve up roots rock reggae at the hands of Gabre Selassie and special guest selectors.