NIA Culture and Arts on Monday Constitution Day


PHILIPSBURG—National Institute of the Arts (NIA) will be hosting its fourth edition of its Culture and Arts Festival on Constitution Day, Monday, October 10. The festival will be taking place at John Larmonie Center, starting at 6:30pm.

Started in October 2012, the NIACA Festival was created to provide a platform celebrating the creative arts and culture of St. Maarten and to recognize artistes, who have contributed to the development of the island’s creative industry and culture.

The Festival is a showcase for traditional and contemporary works created by artistes living and creating works here on St. Maarten.

The fourth instalment of the Festival promises to deliver high-calibre performances, featuring a 15-member choir singing an excerpt of Scott Joplin’s 1910 Opera Treemmonisha, poetry by Vivian Roberts and Tamara Groeneveldt, a performance by rapper Lo “Sigma” Gomez, music by Carlson Velasquez, and new choreography by NIA entitled “Humans”, featuring poetry by Drisana Deborah Jack and Peggy Oulerich’s choreography.

In addition to the performances, there will be works of art on display by many contemporary artists from Head Made Factory, as well as many other local visual artists.

The NIACA Festival culminates with the Accolades of Excellence in Culture and Arts Award ceremony that honours St. Maarten artistes of three generations. The Griot Awards honours the pioneers, the Vanguard Award is for the generation that followed in their footsteps, and the Emerging Artists Award features outstanding young artistes paving their way and breaking new grounds, making names for themselves, both nationally and internationally.

This year’s honourees include the Group Solid Gold Dancers, Tanny and the Boys, Sister T. of Dancing Dimension, Doc Mr. Neville Lake, The Shady Brothers, and the Richards Family, siblings of Yaya Laurel Richards, Urmain Dormoy, and Malaika Maxwell.

Source: The Daily Herald