Enjoying a breezy day at Manzanilla Bay. Photograph by Aaron Richards

Eastern Shore: Trinidad’s dramatic east coast

Trinidad’s long east coast, stretching from Galera to Galeota, offers miles upon miles of sandy bays, picturesque villages, and vistas of coconut trees. And Helen Shair-Singh discovers you can explore it all in a day — pausing to take in the delights of scenery, conversation, browsing at local markets, and old-fashioned ice-cream.

Lord Superior (left) and the Mighty Sparrow (right), with Brigo and Conqueror, engaging in a picong battle during the 1960s. Courtesy ‘Calypso Dreams’, hand-coloured by Michael Horne

Forever young: “Glamour Boyz Again”

Calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow may be pushing eighty, but he’s still the “calypso king of the world” — as the new documentary The Glamour Boyz Again more than proves. Garry Steckles previews the film.

Photograph courtesy Sun Eaters Organics

Brown gold: Trinidad’s local cocoa renaissance

Trinidad’s cocoa is among the world’s best, but for decades the finest beans have been exported. A new grassroots movement is taking this natural bounty and making extraordinary chocolate products at home. Liana Crooks reports.

Photograph by Maria Nunes

Arriba, Arriba!

In Trinidad, the traditional sound of Christmas is Spanish-inflected parang.

Healing With Horses camp participants interact with the project’s rescue horses. Photograph by Elspeth Duncan

Wishes and horses: Tobago’s Healing With Horses

Through contact with gentle equine companions and stimulating creative activities, Tobago-based Healing With Horses offers an innovative and life-changing therapeutic programme for differently-abled children. Elspeth Duncan describes a day in the life of the annual summer camp.

Maxine Williams. Photograph courtesy Facebook

Maxine Williams: “Big ideas can change the world”

Trinidadian lawyer and actor Maxine Williams on how she became Facebook’s global head of diversity, and why her role at the powerful web company is a platform for spreading the benefits of the digital world — as told to Tracy Assing.

Scan (2009), a performance choreographed and performed by COCO co-founder Dave Williams. Photograph by Jeffery Chock

The COCO Dance Festival: opening the dancescape

When four choreographers decided to launch a new contemporary dance festival — with three weeks’ notice — no one guessed it would change Trinidad’s cultural landscape. Nazma Muller follows the evolution of the COCO Dance Festival, and finds out how it’s boosted the careers of a new generation of dancers and choreographers.

Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Word of mouth (September/October 2014)

Celebrating Divali in Trinidad, St Lucia’s creole heritage, and the legacy of Jamaica’s Miss Lou.

Photograph by Gedwardsphotography.com

Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2014)

Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in September and October — from music festivals to sports tournaments.

The legendary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki is the music director of the Casals Festival. Photograph courtesy Festival Casals de Puerto Rico/Steve Niedorf

All this jazz

Simon Lee on the Caribbean’s headline events in May and June.

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