“Meet me at the Old Yard” — Traditional Mas’ at UWI

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On Sunday 31st January, the Department of Creative and Festival Arts will bring Traditional Mas to life in its annual event: The Old Yard. “The Old Yard is strategically designed to be a true educational experience and its 2016 edition will feature a ‘Mas Camp Corner’. This will give children the opportunity to create their Read More

“Treasures from the Hideaway” — Something for your Carnival 2016 calendar

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Dr. Slinger Francisco is known most widely and affectionately as “The Mighty Sparrow.” A cultural icon of Trinidad & Tobago and one of our greatest performers, his personal collection of memorabilia is a living legacy of the numerous accomplishments and distinctions his musical greatness has earned. This impressive collection has been acquired by the Research Read More

Culture Division reflects on the significance of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

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“Audiovisual documents, such as films, radio and television programmes, audio and video recordings, contain the primary records of the 20th and 21st centuries.” —UNESCO This year UNESCO’s theme for World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is Archives at Risk: Protecting the World’s Identities. Celebrated on the 27 October annually, the observance has roots in a 1980 Read More

Calypso History Month Exhibition

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The Remember When Institute has mounted its annual exhibition to pay homage to the history of Calypso during the entire month of October 2015. For more than a decade, the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) has commemorated Calypso History in the month of October as a way to honour this majestic music. Debbie Jacob writes in Read More

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates Republic Day!

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“Republic [noun]: A state or nation in which the supreme power rests in all the citizens entitled to vote (the electorate), and is exercised by representatives elected, directly or indirectly, by them, and responsible to them.” (Source) Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language (Unabridged 2nd Ed. 1973) In 1976, Trinidad and Tobago Read More

Research Unit Pilots Multimedia Skills Training Exercise in Siparia

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The Research Unit of the Culture Division is tasked with developing initiatives that support the preservation of our tangible and intangible cultural heritage. A pilot project guided by this objective was recently brought to an official close in July this year. Members of the La Divina Pastora Church in Siparia and the wider community underwent Read More

Taking A Closer Look at the Birth of the Mentoring by the Masters Trophy

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The entire Mentoring by the Masters series is built upon honouring legacy and ensuring continuity of certain skills within the local landscape. Since inception of the programme, each selected mentor is presented with a hand-crafted, sculpted trophy at a special award ceremony at the close of each mentoring cycle. We thought it would be wonderful Read More

Emancipation Displays at locations near you.

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Proclaimed by an Act of Parliament, the official abolition of slavery in the British West Indies, what has come to be termed Emancipation, came into official effect on August 1, 1834. This year marks 181 years since this historical proclamation. For over 25 years, Trinidad & Tobago has officially commemorated this significant landmark. Following its policy Read More

Virtual Exhibition entitled “The 1990 Coup: A Retrospective” launched by the Remember When Institute

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The Remember When Institute of the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, in keeping with its mandate to preserve and promote our nation’s unique tangible and intangible heritage, proudly offers a new virtual exhibition: The 1990 Coup: A Retrospective. This ground-breaking presentation takes the form of an interactive multimedia webpage which recounts the various happenings, during Read More

Observances on the 25th Anniversary of the 1990 Attempted Coup

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  One of the recommendations coming out of the Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 Coup was for Trinidad and Tobago to have on each anniversary of the Coup, a day of National Significance: a time of REFLECTION. It is with this in mind, that the Culture Division has embarked on a few interactive activities today, Monday Read More