Chronixx (a.k.a. Jamar McNaughton) • Reggae artist • Jamaica, Born 1992. Photo by Nickii Kane

25 Caribbean achievers under 25

Caribbean Beat celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. But this isn’t only an opportunity to look back at our quarter century of publication: it’s also a moment to look ahead to the new generation of talented, determined Caribbean people who will shape the decades ahead. In this special feature, we introduce 25 remarkable young people aged 25 and under. Athletes and entrepreneurs, artists and scientists — they and their contemporaries are the future of our region.

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The chocolate revolution in Trinidad & Tobago | Cookup

Trinidad and Tobago’s cocoa has long been considered among the best in the world, even though production has been declining for decades. A new generation of artisan chocolatiers are hoping to change that trend — while creating unique world-class chocolate products at home. Franka Philip finds out more.

Pieces from the “Goddess” Monday wear Carnival collection come with cool removable jewellery. Photograph by Ikenna Douglas

Thank God it’s Monday

Trinidadian swimwear designer Chandra Maharaj makes a seamlessly elegant transition to Carnival Monday wear.

Seth Sylvester, 2016 champion of the First Citizens National Poetry Slam. Photograph courtesy The 2 Cents Movement

Poetry grand slam | Word of mouth (March/April 2017)

Whether you experience it on stage or from the audience, Trinidad and Tobago’s national spoken word poetry slam is full of thrills.

The serene bay at the fishing village of Parlatuvier. Photo by PHB.cz (Richard Semik) / shutterstock.com

Tobago therapy

If your Carnival plan involves a quiet getaway from the heat and the action, Tobago might be just the place you’re looking for. Caroline Taylor suggests all the ways Trinidad’s tranquil sister isle can soothe your spirit.

Photo by Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society

Vahni Capildeo: shapeshifter, time traveller

When Vahni Capildeo won the prestigious Forward Prize for her poetry, the award merely affirmed what her readers already knew: the Trinidad-born writer is a brilliant complicator of language, stories, conventions, and boundaries. Andre Bagoo explains why Capildeo’s poems are so exhilarating.

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Carnival is mine

There’s no single, definitive version of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival — rather, there are as many versions as there are people who love the annual festival. For some, Carnival is mas. For others, it’s music. Some wait all year for J’Ouvert, others adore Panorama. There are thousands of different Carnival stories: here are just a few.

Photo by Mezart Daulet

Richard Fung: no easy readings

Born in Trinidad, based in Canada, navigating between identities — gay, Chinese-descended, Caribbean diaspora — filmmaker Richard Fung was “intersectional” before the term even existed, writes Jonathan Ali, and his complicated background informs his pioneering, innovative work.

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Sean Leonard: “Artists, this space is available”

Trinidadian architect Sean Leonard, co-founder of the Alice Yard art space, on the influence of family generosity and Carnival productivity on his practice, and Alice Yard’s decade-long experiment — as told to Stephen Stuempfle.

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Layover: Port of Spain, Trinidad

A free day to explore T&T’s capital? A few hours in between business meetings? Our quick guide to getting the most out of Port of Spain when time is tight.