Texas A&M Hosting Trinidadian Festival, Steelband Open Nov. 2-4
A Trinidadian Arts and Culture Festival and Youth Steelband Open will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4.
Performances, organized by students in Texas A&M University’s Performance Studies class, “Seminar in Global Performance: Cultural Performances of Trinidad & Tobago,” will happen at various times at different campus and community locations throughout the festival.
The Department of Performance Studies is partnering with Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies N. Fadeke Castor’s Global Caribbean Cultures class, the Brazos Valley African American Museum, the Downtown Bryan Association’s First Friday, and Take Stok, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes steel pan education and performance among youth.
All events are free and open to the public, but organizers are planning to collect cash and check donations to support Habitat for Humanity’s hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean.
- Thursday, Nov. 2: TAMU campus, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Liberal Arts and Humanities building
Performances by Maroon Steel, Texas A&M’s steelband; Blue Steel, Matanzas High
School steelband from Florida; and Texas A&M performance studies students
From 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. in the Chemistry Building, Room 2104
Screening of “Pan! Our Music Odyssey,” a documentary about steel pan, followed by a Q&A with the director and producer of the film, Dr. Kim Johnson, director of the Carnival Institute of Trinidad & Tobago.
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- Friday, Nov. 3: Downtown Bryan, Sale Park, at 315 S. Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m.
First Friday street performance featuring Maroon Steel and Texas A&M performance studies students.
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- Saturday, Nov. 4: Brazos Valley African American Museum, 500 E. Pruitt St. in Bryan, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Performances, demonstrations and Q&A sessions include the following: soca performer T-rock Again from Houston, steelbands from Florida, spoken word artists from Trinidad’s Roots Foundation, acclaimed steelband arranger and performer Yohan Popwell, pan tuner Emily Lemmerman, and Texas A&M performance studies students. A food truck from Stush Caribbean Fusion will be on hand from which attendees can purchase delicious food.
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