Stella Jean: culture chameleon

Stella Jean: culture chameleon

Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean draws on her mixed heritage.

Market day

Market day

Across the Caribbean, the freshest produce, best bargains, and often the friendliest advice can still be found at traditional markets. Here are six worth exploring, ranging from Dominica to Curaçao to French Guiana.

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Voodoo pig

An uninvited spirit possesses Simon Lee’s hut while he investigates a vaudou ceremony in Haiti.

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.

Photography by Aldwyn Sin Pang

Bananas: food of the gods?

Cooking with bananas.

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Bookshelf (May/June 2002)

New and recent books about the Caribbean.

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Little Boy Blue

James Ferguson on Christopher Drayton's Christopher.

George Lamming. Photograph by Ronnie Carrington

An afternoon with George Lamming

Simon Lee talks to legendary Caribbean writer George Lamming.

Thick cloud shrouds the summit of Mt Pelée. Photograph by Catriona Davidson

St Pierre: mountain of death

Once, St Pierre was a centre of French elegance and pleasure, the pride of the French Caribbean, “the Paris of the Antilles”. But one morning the mountain behind the town blew apart, wiping out the town and killing almost all its 30,000 people. James Ferguson revisits the volcano, exactly 100 years on.

Bethany. Photograph by Caribbean Estates

About that Caribbean dream home…

Property prices vary dramatically among Caribbean countries. Mark Wilson looks at what money will buy in four islands.

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