The popular Carnival band Yuma hits the Socadrome stage. Photo by Dwayne Watkins

Not your parents’ carnival

Times change, and Carnival changes with it — for better or for worse? Mark Lyndersay, Laura Dowrich, and Tracy Assing talk to eight Carnival insiders about the state of the mas and the state of the music, where the festival is heading, and how it will get there.

Peter Minshall on the road with the band. Photo by George Tang

The history of paradise: on Peter Minshall’s Paradise Lost

It’s the stuff of Carnival legend: the eruption of masman Peter Minshall’s Paradise Lost on the streets of Port of Spain, forty years ago. Now a new documentary, using long-forgotten archival footage, brings the band back to life. Ray Funk tells the story.

Photo by Maria Nunes

Word of mouth (January/February 2016)

T&T’s Carnival Kings and Queens cross the stage, while regional Carnival celebrations across the two islands have all the energy without Port of Spain’s crowds and chaos.

Photograph courtesy The Children’s Ark

Ark of hope

The Children’s Ark charity channels the energy and know-how of T&T’s movers and shakers to help give at-risk youth the opportunities they deserve. Zahra Gordon learns more.

Photo by Stacey Williams

Life is sweet

T&T produces some of the world’s best honey, but many people consider it a luxury product. Franka Philip finds out how honey advocates are working to change that.

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Word of mouth (November/December 2015)

The fourth Ghetto Biennale opens in Haiti, Trinidad Carnival prep moves into high gear, and a family tradition puts wanderlust into Christmas.

For the alluring masquerader: Keisha Als. Photo by Marlon James

’Tis the season

Christmas shopping? Our style columnist suggests four Trinidadian designers to fill your list.

Gérard “Jerry” Besson. Photo by Alice Besson

Gerard Besson: “I’m such a set of loose ends”

Trinidadian historian and publisher Jerry Besson on his eccentric relatives and colourful career — as told to Judy Raymond.

Photograph courtesy Aruba Reusable Bag

The garbage problem: the Caribbean tackles recycling

Disposing of garbage is a growing concern for small islands with limited space for landfills. Aruba is tackling it head-on with an ambitious recycling programme, Nazma Muller explains — are other Caribbean countries following suit?.

Two newly arrived residents at the Animals Alive sanctuary. Photograph by Edison Boodoosingh

Kathryn Cleghorn and Animals Alive: dogs’ best friend

For Kathryn Cleghorn, Animals Alive — possibly the largest no-kill dog shelter in the Caribbean — is a genuine labour of love. Erline Andrews learns more.