Manifesto|Jamaica Festival Of ART’ical Empowerment, November 9, 2011, Kingston, Jamaica

November is Youth Month; and ManifestoJamaica is celebrating by way of presenting its 2nd annual Festival of ART’ical Empowerment.

Join us for 3 days of interactive arts-based workshops, live performances, booth displays, exhibitions and demonstrations.

The Youth Emp…owerment Art Exhibition will be opened on Wednesday, November 9, at 5:30PM at Studio 174, 174 Harbour Street, Downtown Kingston. It will be open to public viewing on Saturdays until November 26 from 10AM to 4PM. 

On Friday, November 18, at 6PM, our Festival will begin at the Edna Manley College with The Arts and Vision 2030: Action or a Bag a Mout – a townhall meeting about Jamaica’s creative industries and the way forward for development.

Our ART’ical Village full of display booths, activities and performances will be free to the public all-day on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. Musical talents include Iba Mahr, J.O.E Family, Defranco, Sleepy Hallowtips & Kelissa McDonald on Saturday; Mackeehan, Jesse Royal, Sezi, Jason Worton, Lee Tafari & Hempress Sativa on Sunday.

Arts-based workshops will run on both days (costing $100 each, $300 for a day & $500 for both days) and include :-

Kemetic Yoga, Raw Foods, Original Hip Hop & Funk Styles, Audio Engineering, Promoting Music, Poetry 101, Painting 101, Movement in Dancehall, Entrepeneurship in the Food Industry, Vinyasa Flow, Xaiyen Doa Martial Arts, Filmmaking 101, DJ 101, West African Dance, Kung Fu, Photography 101, Fashion 101, Michie Mee’s Hip Hop Journey & Be the Revolution, Write the Revolution, Publish the Revolution.

On Saturday, November 19, at 4PM, we will be honouring Bob Andy at Meet the Artist, which will also feature dub poet Mutabaruka, Singer-Actress Cherine Anderson and visual artist Rozi Chung. There is no admission, however, we will be collecting donations as usual.

Later on Saturday, November 19, at 6PM, ART’ical Empowerment Live will begin and will feature Protoje, Jah9, Raging Fyah, The Uprising Roots Band, Kabaka Pyramid, Five Steez and some very special guests. Admission is $500 but the event is free for workshop participants. 

On Sunday, November 20, at 5PM, we close our Festival with ART’ical Empowerment: Word in Motion. This event will be a variety show full of poetry, dance and music. In a special performance, Tanya Stephens will be reading her poetry. Mutabaruka, Cherry Natural and Canadian Hip Hop legend, Michie Mee, are also scheduled for the show. Admission is $500 but free for workshop participants.