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Celebrating the Wild Feminine Divine

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné’s talent is rendered in gorgeous images and succulent words that capture both your heart and your head; the beautiful colours, flowing lines and inherent wildness of her artwork draw you in, while her poetry captures your soul from the moment you hear or read it; a searing honesty steeped in the divine feminine.

Caribbean art by Danielle Boodoo-Fortune
‘Zaboca Goddess’

Her inspiration comes from a very personal place; growing up in rural Trinidad – “it’s a huge part of who I am” – between her grandmothers (a blend of East Indian, Chinese, Carib & African descent), she learnt the meaning of feminine strength and where true power lies. Her creations make sense of her multi-cultural background and the many stories and narratives from her childhood shared by these “amazing women” in a beautiful and magical way; recurring elements throughout her work include her own map of symbols that come to her unconsciously.  “I usually don’t know what they represent or mean until after [the] pieces are created.”

Caribbean artist Danielle Boodoo-Fortune
‘In The Quiet’

The story of Persephone and the cycle of relationships is a consistent theme – “it’s a tale of a mother and daughter, sadness & loss, oneness and yet separateness, the complexity and difficulty of relationships between the two.  It comes back to the same place of memories.”  The branches or antlers denote sensitivity and understanding: “it’s important not to let go of your innate wildness, a freeness, a connection to your own needs & impulses.”  The cursive, flowing shapes have a seamless fluidity, connecting directly with the landscape and surroundings like roots.

10300665_651150358289029_330768927317382986_n Danielle sees her life unravelling as a journey of evolution through discovery.  “Poetry came first.  I started seriously in 2008. The art came 3 or 4 years later. Both happen on different frequencies, although I find painting easier.”  More recently, her paintings have featured snippets of her poetry, strings of words flowing around her subjects that create a new dimension to appreciate.  It’s the authenticity of her work that really enthralls; an homage to mother nature, a celebration of the wildness that resides deep inside.

Art by Caribbean artist Danielle Boodoo-Fortune
The Sisters

A published author, her poetry has been featured in several print publications and she has appeared at many of the literary festivals in the region, making new connections along the way.  “Each one is very different, and has their own vibe.”  A recent trip to the Bim Lit Fest in Barbados saw her participate in a workshop for 8-12 year olds, which she found particularly rewarding; she strongly believes in passing on her knowledge and experience to a younger generation, encouraging them to express themselves in a creative space.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortune at Bim Lit Fest 2014
Bim Lit Fest 2014

While the business of art via brick and mortar retail stores can be challenging, she has built an online presence that not only allows her to connect with other artists and designers outside of Trinidad – it has become the primary way she makes a living, selling a small range of products including limited edition original art, prints, bookmarks and a colouring book.  Together with her husband, a graphic artist, also run their own business – an art studio supplies store in Trinidad.  Currently in a transition period, her focus has turned to improving her body of work and creating larger pieces, a timely decision as in our view her style begs to be rendered on an oversized canvas.

Caribbean artist Danielle Boodoo-Fortune
Highlight of an older work

Particular about her use of media, Danielle prefers to create certain shapes on wood, for instance, as she feels the longer, straighter lines and deeper colours work better, whereas the curves and fluidity of watercolour are best on paper.   She’s also not a fan of traditional exhibitions, and would rather show her pieces in a relaxed environment, surrounded by nature.   “Art galleries can be too sterile.  It’s hard to connect with the pieces on a white wall.”

celebrating the wild feminine divine
Criatura

While confident in her artistry, Danielle acknowledges that it’s been hard to let go of feeling as though she has to constantly validate what she does.  “I am mapping my own journey.   It’s actually a simple change but so hard to implement because of the academic focus at school and how the school system beats [the creativity] out of you.  I’m figuring it out as I go along.”

Website: danielleboodoofortune.com

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5 a Day: Our Must-Do’s in Kingston, Jamaica

So you’ve arrived in Kingston, Jamaica.  We know the list of things to do are endless – so here are our recommendations for 5 essential must-do’s if you have a day free to explore:

1.  As you depart the airport building, our first recommendation is to hit the nut – the coconut, that is!  Cool down at Going Nuts.  Right outside the arrivals area, it’s a perfect way to refresh yourself after a flight.  Go au naturel – remove the straw and use the coconut as your glass!

Norman Manley Airport, Kingston

coconut vendor kingston jamaica
Get your fix at the airport – cool, fresh coconut water! Great jet lag fix!

2.  Grab a taxi and hit the road – 56 Hope Road to be precise!  The Bob Marley Museum is a mecca for any fan of Bob Marley and reggae music – where you can get a glimpse into the life of the legend.

Bob Marley Museum - Kingston, Jamaica
Bob Marley Museum – Kingston, Jamaica

A life-size statue of Bob stands in front of the house, next to stone lions; the house tour was fascinating, giving insight into the man himself and his rasta lifestyle, with iconic items on display (including the famous denim shirt he wore on tour framed on the wall), the bullet holes from the assassination attempt and a even a view into his bedroom.  We could have spent hours reading the press clippings that adorned the walls from floor to ceiling in one room but there was still so much to see!

Bob Marley Statue Jamaica
56 Hope Road

From the multitude of music awards won by both Bob and his family, to the studio in which much of his music was created, it was informative and interesting – the tour guide certainly knew her stuff. The official tour ended with a documentary showing in a small cinema which was a real treat.  There’s a lovely gift shop where you can get all Marley’d up, murals painted on walls around the grounds and a cafe serving Marley Coffee no less – as if one needed more encouragement to stop and linger for a while….

Murals Bob Marley Museum
Murals at the Bob Marley Museum

Bob Marley Museum, 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6

Tel: +1 (876) 927 9152

3.   If you time it right (close to lunchtime!), head over to Scotchies for a taste of some quintessential Jamaican cuisine – Jerk Chicken and an ice cold Red Stripe.  Here’s a tip: if you get there early, like we did, you’re first in line when the crowds arrive.  This place is chipping with customers all day.  The amazing smells alone were worth the wait, as we watched the guys in the ‘jerk room’ cooking the chicken on massive BBQ pits with grills made of bamboo and covered with a piece of paling.  It’s also a popular place to stop through after a late night of partying!  FYI there’s also a location in Montego Bay & Ocho Rios.

Scotchies Jerk, Halfway Tree Road, Kingston

Scotchies and Devon House - explore Kingston in a day
Scotchies for Jerk & a Red Stripe; dessert at Devon House for I Scream!

4.  Onwards to the historic Devon House for dessert at the infamous I Scream – an almost overwhelming choice of 27 flavours of rich, creamy and delicious locally made ice cream, all made from fresh local ingredients.  Some of the more unique flavours included Coconut Cream, Devon Stout (not sure about that one), Rocky River and our favourite, Soursop.  A waffle cone comes packed to the brim with huge scoops of yumminess that we almost couldn’t finish.  Almost!

I Scream, Devon House, Hope Road, Kingston

5.  One of our favourite stores for a bit of retail therapy is Kerry manwomanhome – a unique boutique on South Avenue in Kingston that’s a haven for local fashionistas.  It looks deceptively small on the outside, but once you step in the door the space opens up to reveal room upon room with beautiful displays and floor to ceiling shelving showcasing a carefully curated selection of fashion, swimwear, jewellery, accessories, footwear, beautiful coffee table books, art, body products and gift items from both local and international brands.  Kerry manwomanhome store Kingston Jamaica

Retail Therapy at Kerry manwomanhome!

It’s a great place to find pieces by local Jamaican designers such as Lubica and Designs Bimi although the brands do change each season.  Owner Kerry-Ann Clarke is also a stylist for none other than Tessanne Chin and Yendi Phillips.  Tip: if you visit during opening hours and it seems closed – don’t worry – just ring the bell!

Kerry manwomanhome, 18 South Avenue, Kingston 10

Tel: +1 (876) 929 2096

 

 

Jamaica’s Calabash Goes Globalishus

Calabash Literary Festival Jamaica 2014 GlobalishusFrom auspicious beginnings, Jamaica’s Calabash Festival has become THE literary event to attend in the Caribbean, attracting some of the biggest names in literature from around the world and inspiring the development of regional literary festivals in islands such as Trinidad, Barbados and Dominica.  Caribbean Bazaar spoke with Calabash co-founder Justine Henzell to find out more about how the “greatest likkle festival” has earned it’s stellar reputation.

There is a tale, often repeated, of how the first Calabash Literary Festival in 2001 was heralded by the arrival of yellow butterflies as the event opened, then disappearing as soon as it was over, as if the spirits of writers gone before were sending their blessings.  A labour of love, Calabash has been built purely through the tireless work of volunteers and co-founders into a must-attend event for aspiring and published writers and authors where there are not only readings but seminars and workshops, all free to attend.

Co-founders of Calabash - Colin Channer, Kwame Dawes, Justine Henzell
Colin Channer, Kwame Dawes, Justine Henzell: Co-founders of Calabash Literary Festival

The idea for Calabash was sparked by the frustration felt by friends and authors Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer as they embarked on a disastrous book tour in the UK.  Recognising that there was a opportunity, their “crazy idea” was to stage their own literary festival in their homeland of Jamaica.  Realising they needed someone on the ground, Colin contacted his friend Justine Henzell, a freelance film producer with a predilection for crazy ideas and a family owned hotel called Jake’s.  So the journey began……

Held every year for the first decade, Calabash is now a two-day biennial event held on even years, welcoming authors, writers, poets and musicians to the beautiful surroundings of Jake’s Hotel at Treasure Beach, a tiny fishing village in the south of the island.  “It’s a heavy workload to put on an event like this every year.  Holding it every two years makes it easier on everyone” acknowledges Justine. It was a practical decision,  not just for the volunteers but also for sponsors and funding, which they have found to be the most challenging aspect.

“People thought we were crazy and insane – not only for developing a literary festival but also because of it’s location” Justine explains.  “We started with 300 people attending and are now getting 3,000.”

One of the attractions of Calabash, she explains, is that “it’s not a staid and stuffy event.”  The vibe is relaxed and casual, readings are framed with a gorgeous oceanfront backdrop; the stage is simply decorated with flowers and calabash gourds; the lectern is made from bamboo and uses rocks as paperweights.  There is a feeling of authenticity, of genuine appreciation for the work being shared – the ambiance is that of a friendly hangout, where everyone mingles together.  It goes without saying that reggae music is an integral part of the whole event, with performances from artists at the end of each day – Justine could not have conceived Calabash without it: “Music is a big part of it organically – every day ends with music” she says.

Calabash Literary Festival at Treasure Beach Jamaica
Images via http://www.susumba.com

“We aim to share a good balance of literati [at Calabash]” says Justine, revealing a line up that includes representatives from Asia, India, Kenya as well as the Caribbean.  For 2014, Salman Rushdie heads up a delicious roster of names including Jamaica Kincaid, Zadie Smith, Robert Antoni, Karen Lord, Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Ngugi Wa Thiong’O, Mervyn Morris (Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate inaugurated this year) and K’wan Foye to name just a few of the nearly 30 invited to participate this year. calabash-2014-lineup

Indeed, previous participants wax lyrical about their experiences at Calabash. “I can’t tell you how many authors say to us it’s the most responsive/respectful audience they have ever had.  [The audience] are sitting there…..they are not silent…….they are responding to what is being read, they are not chatting amongst themselves.  Simultaneously responsive and respectful.”

When co-founder Colin Channer made a decision to resign from the board officially in 2012, many speculated on the reasons why.  Justine is unfazed by the so-called controversy: “Kwame and Colin are best friends, even when we launched….[the 2014 event] in Kingston, Kwame referred to the ghost of Colin Channer that was hovering with us.  Colin is not actively a member of Calabash but he is absolutely there ….if we need to bounce something off him, he is still there.  Colin was such a huge force and part of creating the festival….the festival is imbued with him.  It is hard to separate Colin from the festival.  The three of us worked very, very closely to make this happen.”

The benefits emerging from cultural events held throughout the Caribbean often go unstated – for Calabash, being located so far south in the parish of St Elizabeth has enhanced and generated not only international interest but has also encouraged internal tourism.  “It’s not a place you would pass by”, says Justine.  “You have to be going to Treasure Beach.”

The influence of Calabash on the literary culture in Jamaica and the Caribbean is undeniable.  “Local authors refer to B.C and A.C (Before Calabash and After Calabash).  It has exposed our writers to such wide, diverse styles and forms.  Many now published writers have emerged from our workshops, such as [award-winning Jamaican writers] Marlon James and Ishion Hutchinson.”  In order to keep the event fresh, the Committee, led by Kwame Dawes, are discerning about who is invited and seek to promote a diversity of voice and genre, with 2014 seeing the inclusion of sci-fi and fantasy fiction for the first time.  Participants are chosen not only for their brand appeal; other criteria include having a book in print within the last two years and ensuring a roster that includes emerging Caribbean writers alongside internationally acclaimed names.  Invitees can only attend once every three events.

From the start the Calabash team have been very particular about the organisation and timing during the event, having been described as a “drum & bass mentality with Swiss precision.”  Events start on time, which is sometimes lacking at Caribbean festivals and many would say that’s simply the Caribbean way.  Justine disagrees: “[you] can be…..vibesy and rootical and start on time and have a PA system. It is not at odds with our culture to be punctual.”   Having firmly established itself as a significant event on not only the literary calendar, but also as one of the major Caribbean cultural festivals, Calabash continues to raise the bar.  All costs related to the staging of the event are raised by sponsorship as well as direct support from Jake’s Hotel, which closes down for a week to host the participants and attending press.

“Most challenging – without question – is the money. Everything else is a joy. Raising money for the arts..[is difficult] when people don’t get it. 12 years later they now realise [the opportunity].  We have proven it can work.”

Unlike the US and Europe, voluntary support of the arts is not a culture in Jamaica or indeed the Caribbean as a whole.  “It’s another cultural thing that we are trying to champion.  We are committed to keeping the festival free – with voluntary support it can work.” Now a registered non-profit in the US, donations can be made directly through the Calabash website or via cheque to Calabash International.

In it’s 12th year, Calabash is going from strength to strength, and has built a legacy with tremendous impact on the Jamaican and Caribbean literary landscape.  “I am incredibly proud,” Justine shares, “Calabash is like my 3rd child.  No matter how challenging, I feel truly, truly blessed to spend a weekend in one of the most beautiful places – with 30 of the most interesting people in the world.”

Thanks to Justine Henzell for her time.

Images via Calabash Festival, Susumba

Counter-Culture Caribbean Art With A Social Conscience

A self-taught artist with a vibe reminiscent of a dreadlocked absent-minded professor, H G Fields appears introspective and thoughtful, with a demeanour that belies the depth of his work.  Scratch below the surface, however, and one finds the heart of an activist seeking to challenge the status quo and educate the masses.  Growing up in an open, progressive Caribbean family who lived mainly in Barbados (with a short stint in Ireland in his early teens) H G was taking art classes at 5 and by the time he was 10 he already had awards under his belt; an interest in graphics and illustrations was fueled by reading Tin Tin and admiring the “lovely pen and ink work” by Herge.  He recalls being read to by his father from classics such as Dr Seuss and Alice in Wonderland, the influences of both of these are evident in his work.

Caribbean artist H G Fields Alice in Woodstock
MadHatter Gaddafi/Alice in Woodstock

Studying at Central St Martins in London was a catalyst for H G’s creative inspiration – the discovery of a book on counter-culture art became a turning point, galvanizing him to create pieces based on the racial, social and cultural issues of the day, challenging the perception of others, the ignorance and fear that leads to assumptions and uninformed judgements. Researching into the ‘wog’ ethos, he took an in-depth look at the ties between culture, racism and marijuana – the literal arguments and the marginalisation of minorities through the war on drugs. It became his degree dissertation and a genesis for his exhibition pieces.

“Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.” ~ Salvador Dali

Caribbean digital artist HG Fields
You Should Have Listened/Wog House in the Dollhouse

As for digital art as a medium, H G waxes lyrical about the benefits for emerging artists “Digital media is really cost-effective,” he explains. He dips into styles influenced heavily by surrealism and pop art – Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol’s iconic treatments are rendered in a contemporary environment; he also looks back to the past, presenting vintage images in a tongue-in-cheek way, bringing them firmly up to date. “It’s an observation of life & what is going on. I [need to] voice my opinion through art.” H G accepts what is, yet acknowledges education and awareness is key to shifting attitudes and prejudice.

Caribbean digital artist H G Fields on the Trayvon Martin incident
Fear Eye Tray – H G Fields’ interpretation of the 2013 Trayvon Martin incident in the USA
Caribbean digital artist H G Fields reflects on racism in his artwork
The House I Live In

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” 
― 
Salvador Dalí

Caribbean digital artist H G Fields' work has a surrealist influence
Persistence of Prohibition/Runaway Train

His blog began innocuously enough “my flatmate was into social media and got on my case to do one, so I decided to put it up during the degree show as a point of reference.” It became part of his portfolio, an evolutionary extension of his sketchbook/journal and allowed him to voice his “rants,” and to share his creative process, as well as his thoughts and reasoning behind each concept. “It’s constantly evolving with insight….giving context to what I am doing. I do it to keep people up to date with what is going on, to share what inspires me. I enjoy it – it keeps me busy and motivated; I get inspiration from it too.” It also helps him maintain a level of discipline, keeping him focused on projects at hand. He marks his progress and scope of where he sees himself going with “blocks” – each piece of art is a goal, a step forward, another opportunity to see where this journey takes him. “See where you’ve come and where you’re going” is his mantra from Central St Martins and one he reminds himself of often.

“It’s not for me to describe it,” he says. “It’s for others to interpret.”

Like many creatives, H G struggles with coming to terms with the commercial side of being an artist, although his comfort level with technology and the internet gives him a head start in gaining exposure. Produced in small, limited edition runs his work can be found in homes in the UK and the Caribbean; a recent foray into commission work – painting a mural – became a challenge, forcing him to go back to using a paint & brush, sketching out ideas and concepts to show a client, rather than just please himself.

Caribbean digital artist H G Fields reflects on the state of celebrity
Idolatry

Describing his art as “surrealist counter-culture”, the synergy with his work and lifestyle is evident.  It is art with a social conscience, full of symbolism and meaning; his pieces are multi-layered, with rich colours and subtle details. “I like stirring up racial & social issues,” he explains; “It’s not for me to describe it,” he says. “It’s for others to interpret.”

Caribbean artist H G Fields' take on the current craze for 'Selfies'
HashTag Selfie

His personal experiences with racial issues were sporadic until he left Barbados; travelling to the UK for college was an eye-opener.   Friends would joke about being racially profiled by the Police as ‘driving while black’ while the sordid mess surrounding the death of Stephen Lawrence played out in the media. “I know what they’re about……I’m not interested in that. It must be difficult to be a bigot. You have so much that pisses you off around you all the time……[it] must be really stressful.”

Caribbean artist H G Fields's work reflects the influence of iconic artists like Andy Warhol
Can of Abyss’ Soup

Indeed, H G Fields is a bit of a conundrum. While his medium is based almost entirely on technology, he is not a tech-head – his mobile phone is an old Nokia with a cracked screen; his well-worn tablet he calls “a necessity”, a concession made to further develop his craft. Yet he always goes back to his sketchbooks, a habit that began at college. There is no particular methodology to his creative process: “I don’t always sketch an idea out – sometimes I like to get a feel for where I’m going with it. The beauty of computers means that you can erase and go back over…sometimes I sketch on the computer, clean it up and then start applying textures or I might look for textures….then draw.”

His advice to other artists is Warhol-esque: “Stop trying to be perfect, use whatever you have and just create.”

Details:

H G Fields Website

Images courtesy H G Fields

An extended version of this article appeared in MPeople Barbados Issue 15.

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It’s All About The Happy!

Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” has taken on a life of it’s own – this infectious tune has taken over youtube.com with versions of the video created by people around the world representing their countries and tagging with the hashtag #happyday.  The Caribbean islands also created their own videos for this worldwide craze, getting in on the fun and sharing some Caribbean happy!  Have a look and let us know if we’ve missed any!

Jamaica

Barbados

Bermuda

Guyana

St Maarten/St Martin

Bahamas

Trinidad

Martinique

Curacao

Antigua

 St Barths

St Vincent & The Grenadines

 Cuba

Anguilla

Caribbean Writers Lit Up at Trinidad and Tobago’s Bocas Festival

Trinidad Bocas Literary Festival 2014

2014 looks like a stellar year for Caribbean writers, with a steadily growing calendar of literary events taking place in the region and gaining momentum as they expand beyond their immediate island shores to show the talents of Caribbean writers & authors to the world.

Although it only launched in 2011, Trinidad & Tobago’s NGC Bocas Lit Fest has created a name for itself as not only a celebration of Caribbean books, writers and writing but also as a environment that showcases emerging new talent, giving up and coming writers the opportunity to be seen and heard by a wide audience.

At the heart of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest are a series of readings by some of Trinidad and Tobago’s and the Caribbean’s finest writers of fiction and poetry — from authors of books already considered contemporary classics to prizewinning newcomers.

Running from 23-27 April 2014, this five day festival (find the Bocas Lit Fest schedule here) is packed full of more than 60 events including readings, performances, workshops, and discussions; while authors read excerpts from their books, talk about their work and have Q&A’s with the audience, participating booksellers have books for sale and there are book-signing opportunities as well.  In the months running up to the festival there are several smaller events, from experimental readings (such as Five By Night: New Fiction from T&T) to poetry slams and even a mini-festival on the island of Tobago at the end of March.

Bocas Literary Festival authors, writers, poets
Bahamian author Marion Bethel; Jamaica’s Olive Senior; Trinidad’s Danielle Boodoo-Fortune and Jackie Hinkson at Bocas Lit Fest 2013 (Photos by Maria Nunes, Official Festival Photographer: Facebook/bocaslitfest)

Each year the winners of major regional literary awards are announced, including the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature; the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, supporting an emerging Caribbean writer in completing a book; and the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, a new prize recognising Caribbean writers of young adult literature.

Three Caribbean authors have made the shortlist for the OCM Bocas Prize for 2014 from a field of ten titles being considered – in the fiction genre, Trinidadian Robert Antoni, with his novel As Flies To Whatless Boys; Poetry – Jamaican Lorna Goodison’s Oracabessa and in non-fiction, fellow Jamaican Kai Miller with Writing Down The Vision: Essays & Prophecies.  The winner receives a US$10,000 prize.

Bocas Literary Festival Caribbean Literature
Shortlisted books for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2014

Details:

www.bocaslitfest.com

Facebook/bocaslitfest

Images courtesy Bocas Literary Festival/Facebook – Maria Nunes (Official Festival Photographer) 

Jamaica’s Blue Mountains Come Alive

It’s reggae month – what better way to celebrate the music that has become an intrinsic part of our lives, than with a two day music festival?  The hills above Kingston will come alive over the weekend of 22-23rd February as the inaugural Blue Mountain Music Festival kicks off in the Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park, Jamaica.

No ordinary ‘Caribbean music festival’, this epic two-day event has an enviable backdrop – surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Blue Mountains, with panoramic views of Kingston and the ocean.  The Festival encompasses the original Misty Bliss annual cultural event with a Reggae Party, combining music, culture and outdoor activities to create an event that, according to Executive Producer Roshaun ‘Bay-C’ Clarke, is “music meets art meets nature” and promises an experience synonymous with the legendary Woodstock.

Blue Mountain Music Festival - Holywell, Jamaica
Blue Mountain Music Festival – Holywell, Jamaica

This is no one-off event, however, and with a vision to evolve the festival to include different genres of music as well as expand the range of attractions on offer, the Blue Mountain Music Festival will no doubt become one of the must-attend festivals in the Caribbean.

The roster of performances spread over the weekend features some of Jamaica’s most well-known musical acts such as reggae icons Third World (who will be paying tribute to founding member Bunny Rugs, who recently passed away), international dancehall superstars T.O.K, Tanya Stephens, Chronixx along with a seemingly endless list of Jamaican artists and musicians.

Holywell - home of the Blue Mountain Music Festival, Jamaica
Holywell – home of the Blue Mountain Music Festival, Jamaica

With hiking, yoga, massage, poetry, story-telling and more on the schedule for this year, it’s already gearing up to be a weekend jam-packed with things to do and experiences to be had.  And we haven’t even got to the performers or the food!  Just remember that up in the Blue Mountains it can get a bit chilly – but never fear, there will be brightly coloured blankets on sale at the event with proceeds going to charity.

Stunning views from the Blue Mountains - what a location to hold a music festival!
Stunning views from the Blue Mountains – what a location to hold a music festival!
Stunning scenery surrounds the location for the Blue Mountain Music Festival
Stunning scenery surrounds the location for the Blue Mountain Music Festival

Jamaica has so much more to offer than the cliche of ‘sun, sand and sea’ – the interior of the island is simply breathtaking, and in true festival style, there are camping facilities available on site, with bonfires and stargazing.  What an adventure!

There will be shuttles to and from the events on both days – have a gander at the Blue Mountain Music Festival Facebook page to find out more information about the event along with videos of the acts on the roster or visit the Blue Mountain Festival website.  You can also stream or download an audio track on soundcloud featuring the musical acts.

The organisers will stream the festival live via ustream for those who cannot attend – so bookmark this link!

Follow the Blue Mountain Music Festival on Twitter: @bluemountainmf

*Photos courtesy Blue Mountain Music Festival