Kwéart gives the youth a chance

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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