St. Maarten’s INDISU Dance Company.
WILLEMSTAD–The second Kosecha Kultural organised by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied PBCF was held September 28-29 on the historical grounds of Landhuis Bloemhof, a centre for the arts, creativity and history, featuring art and culture from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Saba and St, Eustatius.
Outgoing PBCF President Michèle Russel-Capriles said the theme of the event was Fusion, featuring a mix of different genres of dance, music and art. There were many performances by musicians, singers, actors, rappers, dancers, and poets on six different stages placed all over the verdant and lush gardens of Landhuis Bloemhof, including exciting performances by St. Maarten’s own INDISU dance company, co-directed by Susha Hien and Indhira Marlin, and the Mighty Dow’s Ebony Steel Orchestra.
Mighty Dow’s Ebony Steel Orchestra.
Hien and Marlin told The Daily Herald they were very honoured to be invited by PBCF and were very grateful for all its assistance after Hurricane Irma. They said, “A big ‘thank you’ to the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. They were instrumental in helping us get back on track after the hurricane. It was a no-brainer in coming here and giving back our talent. It’s full-circle.”
This newspaper also spoke to Fred York of Ebony Steel Orchestra, who said they were grateful to be invited to perform and be part of this great event. The pan orchestra featuring 15 mainly teenage pan musicians performed a wide array of classic and popular music, including the Mighty Dow’s “St. Maarten Rumba” for a very appreciative audience. York said many of the pan musicians attend Charlotte Brookson Academy and are part of Dow’s afternoon school pan programme.
Another feature of the Kosecha Kultural event was art work by St. Maarten artists Roland Richardson and Tessel Verheij that was available for bids to raise more funds. PBCF’s Nature and Culture Relief Fund supported the recovery of the arts, culture and nature fields by providing more than NAf. 500,000 in special subsidies.