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Arts in the Park 2014 Showcases Spoken Word

Arts in the Park 2014

Spoken word and craft will get their day in the spotlight as the Entertainment Advisory Board rolls out the green carpet for Arts in the Park 2014. The event, slated for the East Lawns of Devon House, is promising a total emersion into the arts as it showcases poets and other spoken word artists as well as a mini craft village.

Staged under the theme, 'Spoken Word and Artisinal Art' the sophomore version of Arts in the Park has undergone a radical revision in focus. The inaugural event, staged at Hope Gardens last year, focused on music and featured several of Jamaica’s emersion bands. This year's event is burgeoning with 16 poets and spoken word performers, including Dingo, Mel Cooke, Juleus Ghunta, Mel Cooke, Andrew Stone, Yashika Graham, Kai Falconer, Tribe Sankofa, A-dZiko Simba and Abbebe Payne. 

Yet though the focus is on poetry Arts in the Park 2014 will not be devoid of music. The day’s line-up includes a number of emerging artistes and bands who will also get a share of the stage, with performances by Sky Grass, Infinite, Black as Cole, From the Deep and others.

The craft village element is coordinated by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation/ Things Jamaican and will feature a diverse array including paintings, ceramics, wood and leather craft, as well as other forms from  independent  artisans as well as community based organizations such as the Trench Town artist group, Mustard Seed Communities and Alpha Boys School.   

Arts in the Park, an official Reggae Month calendar event, is designed as a showcasing event for Jamaica's new and emerging talents. Arts in the Park 2014 takes place on Sunday, February 16 from 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm, on the East Lawns of Devon House and is free and open to the public.