Monday 16 September, 2019

Kingston Creative Artwalk showcase for downtown Kingston on Sunday

Kingston Creative Artwalk Founder  Andrea Dempster-Chung.

Kingston Creative Artwalk Founder Andrea Dempster-Chung.

Gearing up for yet another showcase of incredible local talent, Kingston Creative is excited to welcome the public to experience art in the streets of downtown Kingston.

This much-anticipated, free monthly event brings together artists, artisans and designers of all backgrounds every last Sunday of the month, and lays the groundwork for the development of an art district and hub for creative entrepreneurs in downtown Kingston.

This Sunday, August 26, the doors open at 10.30 a.m. at F&B Downtown, 107 Harbour Street (Swiss Stores), with original vinyl roots reggae spinning by DJ Shazad, and then will move at 12:00 p.m. to the Jamaica Conference Centre for a special viewing of the best talents in the JCDC 2018 Visual Arts Competition and a live performance by Alex Lawson.

The group will then visit the National Gallery of Jamaica at 12 Ocean Boulevard for a performance by Nikeishia Barnes, and will close off at F&B’s Water Lane location with performances by Tribe Sankofa. 

Tribe Sankofa will close the Artwalk with two special performances entitled ‘Walk an’ Talk’ and ‘A Tribe Ting’.

Tribe Sankofa is a local performance art company of young creatives that specialises in spoken word, poetry, soulful song-styling and a unique fusion of the visual and performing arts. 

Author and Director, Fabian Thomas, explained their reasons for partnering with Kingston Creative:

“We are excited by the idea and concept of a group of likeminded individuals starting something and not necessarily waiting for somebody else to do it.  The fact that it is a diverse group is also very exciting - not just artists, but technocrats, architects, people who love the arts, supporters of the arts, business people and people who live and work downtown.

“The larger goal and concept of the project - this idea of bringing downtown back as a place that is an artsy, interesting, safe engaging place to be - we think it is a great, delicious and sexy concept, and we are excited to be part of it.”

Kingston Creative’s Market Street, hosted by Bookophilia, is the other main event taking place all day on Sunday in Water Lane (directly behind F&B Swiss Stores). This outdoor “makers’ market” is a great opportunity for local designers and entrepreneurs to showcase their products each month, and for shoppers to get great deals by buying directly from the makers. Some of the local artisans who will be participating in this Sunday’s Market Street are: Mystical Caress, Leighan Jewelry, the Genie's Lamp, Rico Reiko Nagase, Ital Interior Decor, Shanty Man, Wassi Curls, Zee’s Wines, The Shattered Line, Island Vibes Bracelets, Cliopat and Accent by Claire Requa.  Creative entrepreneurs in art, food, fashion, craft, jewellery or other products that are interested in future events are invited to contact to register.

Kingston Creative also partners with and promotes other organisations who are making positive change downtown, and as such, the artwalk will be in support of the launch of a brand new group - Jamaica Rising, led by Maelle Johnston.  The mission of Jamaica Rising is to encourage national pride, cultural awareness, youth development and self-discovery, and they will be sharing information with the public throughout the day.

The Kingston Creative Artwalk is a well-curated and growing collection of performances, music and art, which attracts supporters of the arts from across Jamaica. However, Kingston Creative has a cores purpose that goes beyond just providing entertainment. Founder Andrea Dempster-Chung explains:

“We see Kingston as the creative capital of the Caribbean and are committed to the long-term goal of enabling all Caribbean creatives to succeed.  Our goal is to empower entrepreneurs to create economic and social value, gain access to global markets, and have a positive impact on their local communities.  We now host a monthly meetup for creative networking, and our next big project will be creating a series of murals to develop an art district downtown.  We hope to garner widespread support and partnership for this venture.”

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