Kwéart gives the youth a chance
weekend art will be taking centre stage as the Kwéart Festival debuts on the island. The event is a collaborative effort between the Folk Research Center and D. Simenel Productions. Creator and director of the Festival, Daiana Simenel explained the motivation for the event.
“Kwéart is a festival for sharing, where artists from Europe and St Lucia help and hold the hands of the new generation of artists in St Lucia. We are an open space for the youth. We will have lectures for kids, workshops, and give them an opportunity to show their true talent and to have a place where they can explore it.”
Simenel added that she hopes this project will forge a connection between the budding artists and their countrymen.
“This is not just about youth. It’s those kids who have so much talent but they haven’t been heard. So this is why we started Kwéart. I just felt those kids and I am so honoured they allowed me to work with them. For this festival we are working with 14–18 year-olds. But I know that we have a sevenyear-old who will be taking part with artist Gary Butte. On Saturday he will create live on a canvas for you guys to see. For me it is very important that the public sees those kids working over there; it will create some kind of link.”
And while Friday’s activities were geared toward a younger set, today is the perfect time for the adults to come out to play tonight at the Folk Research Centre at 7 pm . Simenel promises a diverse line-up.
“We have a musician from Brazil, Fausto Noleto, so he is going to play from samba to jazz. We have Dito Pereira who is Brazilian as well. He moved to France 20 years ago and he started the samba movement. We have Lorena Guillen and her husband Alejandro Rutty from Argentina. They are musicians who play and sing tango. Of course it would be very unfair if we don’t put anybody from St Lucia so we have Shayne Ross.
Every other artist will be opening the show for Shayne Ross and Lisa Marie Faustin, who is a top model with an angel voice. So it’s not going to be St Lucia opening all the time for somebody from outside. It’s the other way around. We are opening for them because this is their land and their country. There is also a fashion show with two designers from St Lucia.”
The festival also marks the beginning of Nobel Laureate Week but look for more from Kwéart throughout the year.
“We are very happy to be part of Nobel Laureate Week. We are endorsed by them. But I can tell you for sure that Kwéart is not only part of the Nobel Laureate programme. In the future we are going to be working with other festivals as well. I have already received three invitations.”
Sponsors include the BOKA Group and Yodel.