Kingston Creative Artwalk Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Sir William Grant Park and the National Gallery was the place to be last Sunday as Artwalk celebrated their 1 year Anniversary!

Kingston Creative is a movement with a mission to make downtown Kingston a vibrant center for creatives and creative entrepreneurship in the Caribbean. 

On the last Sunday of each month, themed events are held throughout Downtown Kingston with a meet-up on Friday prior where top Industry players are invited to speak on their contributions to local Art scene.

Last Sunday was no different as the theme was "Celebrating Jamaican Theatre" -- Haute People joined the event at the National Gallery to witness the 25th Art of Reggae Exhibition. Pimento Bands played familiar sounds of Reggae's top hits including Chronixx "Skankin Sweet" which got the audience rocking to the beat. The band is only a year old and you would not know this as each member has over 30 years experience in the local and international scene. This was followed by speeches by IRPC founder Maria Papaefstathiou, a native of Athens Greece whose main focus is poster design and a celebrated Graphic Artist. IRPC board member Dr. Carolyn Cooper, well known to Jamaica as a Consultant on Culture and Development and impeccable Fashion Icon, also made a speech where she spoke on the relevance of Reggae Music and Culture and the contributions made my Reggae Pioneers. 

The Artwalk then began for us soon after the Gallery presentation ended with a walk (or drive for us) from Ocean Boulevard to Upper King Street. This was the location of Liberty Hall where Marcus Garvey's legacy was preserved. It is the regions' first (only) multi-media museum that is interactive and features information about his life through sound, touch and visual (newspaper articles). This was an informative and interesting aspect of the Artwalk as I did not know this museum existed and will definitely visit again. We then went upstairs for a performance by Hardcore Performing Arts Company who gave a real-life performance about popular issues plaguing the inner-city communities in Jamaica. It was heartfelt, to say the least, and got us all thinking about how some of the words we use could possibly affect the well-being of an innocent child.

The final stop of Artwalk took us through the bustling heart of Downtown Kingston's North Parade and to the Sir William Grant Park. The Park was the perfect spot for the open mic session and performances and vendors that had eye-catching pieces on display. Thanks to CB Group and Bad Dawg Saugages who provided that "Sunday Comfort" with their tasty soups and hot dogs. It was a great day that ended well and already has us looking forward to the next Artwalk!

The Kingston Creative Artwalk is a well-curated and growing collection of performances, music, and art which attracts supporters of the arts from across Jamaica.

Kingston Creative | Artwalk

National Gallery of Jamaica

Liberty Hall

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