Current Issue: Issue 139
( May/June 2016 )

In this Issue:

Embark

Photo courtesy St Lucia Tourist Board

Word of mouth (May/June 2016)

St Lucia Jazz — celebrating twenty-five years — brings artists and audiences close, and Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival inspires real ardour

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Soup without borders

Every Trini cook has a recipe for corn soup, tasty staple of family limes and street parties alike. But how would this creole delicacy go down with Japanese diners? And where do you find chadon beni and dhal in Japan? Suzanne Bhagan learns that humble soup can cross cultural boundaries

Photo by Michael Lam

Caribbean Datebook (May/June 2016)

Events around the Caribbean in May and June, from a new music festival in Cuba to a seafood celebration in Belize

Photo by Marlon James

Bene Caribe — good to wear

Trinidad-based non-profit label Bene Caribe supports local charities through stylish looks

The Pain Tree

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2016)

This month’s reading picks — from sci-fi to poetry

Caribbean Roots

Caribbean Playlist (May/June 2016)

Selections for your listening pleasure

Immerse

Photo courtesy Omari Banks

Omari Banks: “All I wanted to do was play my guitar”

Omari Banks on becoming the first Anguillan to play cricket for the West Indies, knowing when it was time to make a new career in music, and the power of passion — as told to Nadja Thomas

Shakirah Bourne, writer and director of A Caribbean Dream, with Robin Whenary, director of photography. Photo by Neil Marshall, courtesy A Caribbean Dream

Barbadian Shakirah Bourne — living the Dream

Barbadian Shakirah Bourne became a filmmaker by accident — and learned her craft the hard way, through “guerilla-style” productions with minimal resources. Then a “dream” project came along: the chance to adapt and direct Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a Bajan setting. Naila Folami Imoja tells the story of how A Caribbean Dream came true

From artist David Gumbs’s Unconscious Geographies installation (2016). Image courtesy David Gumbs

Five Caribbean artists in the brave new digital world

Artists are always eager to experiment with new tools, so it’s no surprise that digital media offer them a creative playground. Nicole Smythe-Johnson surveys how Caribbean artists are exploring digital possibilities, and introduces five young creatives shaping the ways we experience digital images

Arrive

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Virgin Gorda — “I could easily get used to this”

Restless traveller Ishwar Persad is in love with Virgin Gorda — here’s why

Photo by Chris Anderson

Charlotteville, Tobago

At Tobago’s north-eastern tip, Charlotteville remains a rustic retreat, almost the epicentre of the island’s natural beauty

The Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca once protected the city of Santiago de Cuba from sea invasion. Photo by Shutterstock.com/Corlaffra

Cuba — the enigma of an island

On her first visit to Cuba, Sharon Millar finds both the unexpected — an Egyptian mummy? — and a reassuringly familiar Caribbean vibe

A flock of scarlet ibis take flight over the mudflats of Guyana’s eastern coast. Photo by Pete Oxford

Guyana times five

Stretching six hundred miles from north to south, Guyana is “the land of many waters” — but also of many landscapes, from coast to mountain, river to savannah. As the country celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of Independence, we explore its stunning beauty through photos, while Brendan de Caires visits the “afterworld” of the Rupununi and Vidyaratha Kissoon and David Papannah explore the unique atmosphere of Georgetown

Engage

Mangroves and sea grass flourish in Barbuda’s Codrington Lagoon. Photo courtesy Waitt Institute

Barbuda — precious blue

For islands, coastal waters form a boundary, but also a source of life, offering food and other resources, and protection from storms. When Barbuda’s coast began to suffer from decades of pollution and overfishing, the Blue Halo Initiative stepped in. Nazma Muller finds out more

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Wilson Harris — into the interior

The Guyanese writer Wilson Harris, celebrating his ninety-fifth birthday in 2016, has lived far from his home country for many years — but Guyana’s landscape and history continue to haunt his magical imagination. James Ferguson explains how Harris’s novels bring together reality and dream

Photo by Claude Huot/Shutterstock.com

Isle of thorns

On arid Aruba, hardy cacti are traditionally used to make living fences