“Building the Rhythm” Percussion Festival 2015
The Culture Division is happy to announce one of its new projects: “Building the Rhythm.” This is a Percussion Festival designed to develop audience appreciation for some aspects of the long percussive history of Trinidad and Tobago. One can easily call to mind a few of the inherited and indigenous percussive instruments that dot our land’s history such as the African Drum, Tamboo Bamboo to the Steel Pan, the Tassa Drum and the Tambrin Band tradition of Tobago.
A scan of the local landscape also shows how well poised this festival is. Now with percussion holding its own prominent place within local Universities, students are receiving tertiary level training for both ethnic and western-symphonic percussion instruments at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, UWI and the Academy for the Performing Arts, UTT.
The Culture Division strongly feels that a more holistic focus on Trinbagonian percussion can encourage further levels of interest and sustainability and profitability through the development of the craft of drum making, the provision of classes and collaborative opportunities with other artists.
The “Building the Rhythm” Percussion Festival 2015 will consist of mentorship activities, workshops, celebration and entertainment activities all designed to build and encourage audiences while adding to the archives and collective discourse on Trinbago Percussion.
Festival Dates & Activities
May 15th, 2015 (Naparima Bowl, San Fernando)
10am-12 Midday – “Conversing the Rhythm” – Capacity Building Seminar for Percussionists
2pm-5pm – “Rhythm meet Rhythm” – Professional Workshop on Drum Rhythms
7pm-8pm – Masters in Concert Launch
May 16th, 2015 (St. James Amphitheatre)
1pm-6pm – Performances by Leading Drumming Groups & Art/Craft Market
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