Saturday, Aug. 6, 12-8pm
WHERE: York Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY
Braata Productions presents Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival celebrating the 60th year of independence of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, on the lawn of the York Performing Arts Center. The event is free, but donations are accepted. The Festival is an annual staple in the community and promises to be a day of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Showcasing the best of the Caribbean, the Festival provides a chance for New Yorkers to experience the folk culture of the islands and sample its unique cuisine. The Festival will feature traditional authentic folk forms, and experiences from the different Caribbean territories. The Braata Folk Singers headline an impressive lineup of celebrated cultural groups, who are all either from Trinidad, Tobago and Jamaica or who have a special focus on those island traditions, including JC Lodge (Jamaica), Marva Newton (Trinidad & Tobago), and the Carnyval Dancers (Trinidad & Tobago). There are three major components to the Festival: the Stalls/Island baskets, cultural performances, and a cultural pop-up display. These three components set the Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival apart from other Caribbean festivals, since it is dedicated to Folk forms and Folk culture. It provides nostalgia for those who grew up with it, learning opportunities for others who had no knowledge of it, and helps reestablish the importance and relevance of Folk culture as a viable, vibrant contributor to the Caribbean brand. The Festival's name is derived from a large woven basket or "bankra," made of materials indigenous to the islands of the Caribbean, and is often used to carry an array of food and cultural items in Jamaica. This is exactly what this festival replicates: the largesse beauty of the folk culture represented from each island. The festival offers a full sensory experience of traditional music, dance, crafts, and food. In addition to the cultural performances, the Festival will also feature: Drumming circles, folk games & dances, and cultural exhibits A Playzone, where the young and young at heart can play traditional Caribbean games A Food Pavilion, with cuisine from various islands
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