lundi 20 avril 2009

Martinique, Aimé Césaire already one year !

I was in Martinique last week and it was the first anniversary of Aimé Césaire death.

The program of activities is long but I assist to 3 events:

- at the cemetery the Maire of Fort de France - Serge Letchimy had a little ceremony with less than one hundred persons

- the Parti Progressiste Martiniquais had a breakfast - they sale T-shirts and books

- the SERMAC - cultural center create a show with the students of art classes in presence of officials.

I am informing you that french post office did create a stamp with Césaire

here are some pictures. and pretty soon the english and spanish version of the Aimé Césaire for kids booklet, we are working on it !!!

St Lucia National Trust Earth Day

The Saint Lucia National Trust and its Southern and Western membership groups will be observing International Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009, with its usual hosting of Sòlèy Kouché. Members are invited to attend and participate in an eclectic programme of activities such as inspiring messages, poetry recitals, cultural presentations and much more.

This year’s observance is under the theme “Greening Fair Helen” and will be held at three locations;
The Pigeon Island National Landmark from 5:00 pm,
The Moule a Chique Lighthouse from 4:30 pm and
the Soufriere Square from 4:00 p.m.

photo from details to zooming

In an article about the new National Geographic infinite picture (I don't think they need any exposure - it is nice but not really interesting- flat representation), I just discovered Chris Jordan, he is an american photographer who works on a zooming concept.

visit his site, he is talking about pollution and destruction.

Incredible !

lundi 6 avril 2009

ICT in Africa - an inspiration for Caribbean ?

Dear Caribbean Friends,

I have the feeling that ICT practices and projects in Africa could be an inspiration and a dialogue for the region. Do not believe figures and your pré-jugé ! most of the technologies are implemented in the continent and a lot of ICT for Human Development projects are created there. Inovation and social concern. Just watch UBUNTU elaborate in South Africa.

The african Development Bank just decided to finance for 25 Million of USD new satellite for the continent.

Here is an example of interesting project (bilingual). This is a competition of blogs of journalist in West Africa to promote democraty.

Remise des prix du concours « Waxal Blogging Africa Awards »
Le 9 mars 2009, l’Institut Panos Afrique de l’Ouest (IPAO), en collaboration avec Highway Africa et Global Voices Online, a organisé la remise des prix du « Waxal Blogging Africa Awards » concours destiné à promouvoir, en Afrique, le développement des blogs par les journalistes et les organisations de la société civile.


vendredi 3 avril 2009

LAKOUZEMI again in Martinique- 11th april 09

What is this ? a strange cultural event, a happening in a coq fight arena with intellectual and artist. With no subvention from government !!!
In creole: Lakou = An lakou ; Zémi : Caribe gods
the program is :

o Débats : Monchoachi, Gérard Nicolas, Jean-Marc Terrine, Sylvana Rangoly, Roland Pavila
o Musique : ChyenFèmyizik, Léon Sainte-Rose, José Marie-Rose
o Danse : Christiane Emmanuel
o Pawol nan bouch: Neg Madnik, Simone, Papa Slam
o Projection de films : Christian FORET
o Théâtre : Patrick Womba,
o Atelier pawol : Alin Légares
o Atelier pour enfants : Emmanuel Sarrotte
o Travaux in situ de Plasticiens : Yvan Manuel, Bruno Pédurand, Christian Romney
o Atelier audiovisuel : Christian FORET &KEN

Christiane Emmanuel is performing but I will love to assist for more st Lucians to assist and participate ... but this is Kalalu time.

well if you feel to see something new, just cross the channel - mental, culturel, linguistic.


SANMDI GLORYA 11 AVRIL 2009, 11H - 23H


DEBATS & Danse, Musique, Théâtre, Expositions, Ateliers, Boutique
Menu à 15 euros, Entrée libre, Mandé pou sav : 06 96 82 14 42

9th annual Calabash International Literary Festival - 22 May 09 - Jamaica

Calabash 2009 is on!

[March 27, 2009 — Kingston, Jamaica]
Miracles happen. At Calabash we’ve always known this to be true. At the first Calabash in 2001, a flock of yellow butterflies hovered like a mist over the festival tent on the first day. They stayed with us until the final day, when they disappeared. What could that have been but a miracle?

On Friday, March 27, we experienced our most recent miracle — the Jamaica Tourist Board informed us that they’re committing US$40,000 to the festival. A few minutes later, the CHASE Fund informed us of their commitment to fund the festival for the next three years.
And so it is, that on Friday, May 22, the 9th annual Calabash International Literary Festival will take place at Jakes, in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.

We’d like to thank the members of the boards of these two organizations. They have made it possible for this festival that means so much to so many people to continue giving of itself to all those who hold it dear. This list includes hotel operators, taxi drivers, restaurant owners, booksellers, fishermen, artisans, massage therapists. People who sell fruit.

The list would not be complete, however, without the mention of the people of Treasure Beach and their elected representatives past and present. Ordinary citizens at other times of the year — they transform themselves into maitre’ds and concierges at festival time. They become mayors. They become tour guides. They treat each and every one of the thousands of people who come to visit like a princess or a prince.

To the people of Treasure Beach we want to say, “Thanks for your faith. Thanks for your dignity. Thanks for your annual contribution of spirit and sweat and imagination. Without you, this festival could not exist.”

Thanks for helping us to be the greatest little festival in the greatest little district in the greatest little country in the world.

"Esperance" an Independance show of Dreina Frederick

Pour les 30 and d'indépendance de St Lucie, un grand show Espérance a été crée par Dreina Frederick, Metteuse en scène, Adrain Augier pour les costumes et Mrs. Collymore pour la chorégraphie. Sur une musique de Barbara Cadette, Boo Hinkshon.

Prévu pour le grand stade, il a finalement eu lieu dans une salle multisport pour des raisons météo. Durant 2 heures, il fini par un gigantesque drapeau de plusieurs dizaines de mètres déployé par la foule des acteurs.
Plus de 200 personnes en scène, ce show certes un peu grandiloquent avec des longueurs et beaucoup de naïvetés - n'en reste pas moins très fort visuellement et regroupent les meilleurs talents du pays - danseurs, musiciens, théatre, poètes et costumiers.

c'était le Dimanche 8 mars 2009.
Et Dior, ma fille portait la croix egyptienne...