Carnival is Pipey, Petet, Mals Jim, Lena and Tan Tan stick fighting in Tivoli junction.
Playing jab jab at 7 -years old, and wineing to the rhythm of the drum.
Wearing headpiece of house, donkey, boat and plane made with bamboo and coloured tissue paper, dressed in velvet and satin costumes.
Timber , Otway, Jocan and Dadday, play- acting the role of doctor, midwife, and dispenser with tababy in box collecting a penny to sound and get you well.
The old carnivals of my childhood were portraits of facts and also fantasy.
Renwick Herry is a master drummer and leader of Toronto’s Drum Theatre Group.
Carnival is the proverbial “feast for the eyes“. But do the sated eyes tell the whole truth?
John Berger offers some help:
“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled”
“Berger argues that when we see, we are not just looking -we are reading the language of images”
Ways of Seeing, Berger
“Nothing has happened until it’s been described”.
Carnival is the excremental attack on the sanctimony of Authority; it answers to a psychic need for elevation, heaven,ecstasy, feathers, wings. Carnival is a flight to Imagination.
Carnival teaches that dance is a text more eloquent than words, and that only Carnival achieves the impossible.
Carnival is promise, and promise succeeds in ways that shames fulfillment.
Carnival is the sweetest anarchy.
Carnival is the highest form of cultural manifestation. It is the stethoscope that sounds the robustness of a society. It is the validation of the equivalence of decadence and morality. It endorses the highest freedom of expressions.
Father from Victoria, St. Mark
Mother from Hermitage, St. Patrick
“In this nationalist struggle I am confident that the man of culture has an important role, and that the political
leader can only succeed by enlisting culture in the struggle and placing it in the vanguard of the nationalist movement”.
Dr. Eric Williams, addressing the Second Congress of Negro Writers, April 1959
This piece opens our 2015 Carnival Studies. So now it is time to tell the stories of the Grenadian Carnival: our Grenadian show opens on August 1, 2015.
And remember this: “Nothing has happened until it’s described “
September time is Carnival time in Begur, the small town on Spain’s Costa Brava.
The Costa Brava Carnival is a Caribbean Carnival; its roots in Cuba.
Spain’s Caribbean Carnival goes by the name of Fira d’Indians, the Indians’ Fair.
Note: Costa Brava is located in Catalonia; it is a fine time to read Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia.