The Last Don: KOTE 09 Part 2

Word on the street has it that the Jamaican Security Forces have created a “Don Squad” which is systematically eliminating “Dons” or Ghetto strongmen around the country. Popular belief is that although the eliminations are staged as shootouts between rival gangs it is the police who are behind the killings. If this is true it … Continue reading “The Last Don: KOTE 09 Part 2”

Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) 09: UnCONVENTional Edges out Rest

Neila Ebanks It was June 22, Day 4 of Kingston on the Edge and UWI’s Philip Sherlock Centre was full as the audience, mostly young folk, waited for Dance on the Edge to begin. I was with Deborah Thomas and Junior Wedderburn, the former a seasoned dancer (and author of Modern Blackness), the latter an … Continue reading “Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) 09: UnCONVENTional Edges out Rest”

Kingston: Creative City Not?

Kingston on the Edge (KOTE), an urban art festival held every June, will not celebrate its tenth anniversary this year due mainly to dwindling support from corporate Jamaica. The email press release from the organizers of the festival said simply: “The staging of KOTE is a large undertaking and can be difficult given that it … Continue reading “Kingston: Creative City Not?”

Mismanagement, machinations and more at the National Gallery of Jamaica…

In the wake of high level curatorial resignations a discussion of some of the bad management practices plaguing the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Kingston on the Edge etc

If there’s any good news to report from Kingston its from the cultural scene which has been galvanized into action for the second year in a row by KOTE (Kingston on the Edge), an ‘urban art festival’. Titled ‘This is Art’ and dedicated to Chaos, a founding member who checked out prematurely last December, KOTE … Continue reading “Kingston on the Edge etc”