In Spring 2014, Carnival Arts explored the folktales, music, dance, and visual art of the Ashanti people of Ghana. The Ashanti made up a significant portion of the people who were abducted in the black Atlantic slave trade, so there is a strong Ashanti presence in the cultures of the Americas. We were blessed to [...]
Between Christmas Day and New year's Eve, we had a mini-Carnival Arts session on Playing Royal. West African traditions of masquerade often include a celebration of kings and queens. We spent an hour each day exploring and writing about the qualities that make each one of us royal, sang a Haitian carnival song for the [...]
Fall 2013 Carnival Artists from Miami Bridge Central and Barry University explored the legacy of the Arawak people -- the indigenous people of the Caribbean -- also known as the Taínos. Inspired by artifacts discovered in archeological digs, we designed masks using cardboard, paint, wire, cork, and straw in two workshops led by Rebeca Gilling. [...]
In the docks of Havana, a hundred or so years ago, the original rumberos would improvise songs about the news of the day, always keeping with the beat of the drums. So Carnival Arts came up with a song about the news around Miami Bridge and a neighbor, who had an unusual way of getting [...]
Mariama and Youssou, two teenagers in love, are abducted from their village in Senegal and sold into slavery at different plantations on a Caribbean island. Each escapes with the help of friends, but the slavers chase after them. Will they find freedom? Will they find each other? Watch and see. Young artists at Miami Bridge [...]
http://vimeo.com/63773153 To get ready for the closing party of the Carnival Arts exhibit on Thursday, April 11, at the Miami International Airport, the Carnival Arts crew spiffed up old masks and tried them on. Singing and drummer performed by Catelus "Ton Ton" Laguerre, master Haitian drummer, who will lead a workshop at the opening party. [...]
Assembly of the first banner took a bit longer than we had hoped. But now we have an idea for a smoother production tomorrow.