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London is the Place for Me 2014

Event preview

RENAISSANCE One and Tilt with Carnival Village and Partners are presenting London is the Place for Me 2014 at The Tabernacle, London, W11, on October 25 and 26.

Curated by Melanie Abrahams, Ray Funk and Alexander D Great, the second weekend festival of literature, music and limin’ returns to celebrate the vibrancy of the Caribbean and its love affair with London.

Showcasing the vibrant cultural exchange between London and the Caribbean and London as a global city, London is the Place for Me will feature more than 20 intergenerational artists, raconteurs and movers and shakers in a melting pot of liming, music, film, family workshops, debate and food and drink.

Held within a glorious carnival atmosphere, performers from Trinidad and Tobago, to Jamaica, Grenada, Guyana and Barbados will come together to celebrate the liveliness, uniqueness and cultural diversity of the Caribbean.

Performances, events and workshops will cover the themes of calypso, pan, film, carnival, cricket, Lord Kitchener with a strong focus on London as the place many have come to live, settle in and call home.

Jamaica’s current Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris, will present a talk about legendary poet, folklorist and arts pioneer Miss Lou (Louise Bennett). The Rum Shop Lime stage in the foyer will feature performances and talks by poets, novelists and calypsonians and there will be food and plenty limin’.

Spoken word meets carnival for one of the main events, London Liming, which features a stellar line-up of calypsonians, poets, and raconteurs who are inspired by home, diaspora and personal stories. The event features live performances by Women of Steel, John Agard (winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, 2013), Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Tobago Crusoe, Abdul Malik, Anthony Joseph, Monique Roffey, Alexander D Great, Malika Booker, Jamie Renton and more.

Full festival timings can be found at www.renaissanceone.co.uk/London-Is-The-Place-For-Me-2014.

Melanie Abrahams, founder of Tilt and Renaissance One, who co-curated the programme, said: “London is the Place for Me is for everyone from the curious, to the frequent travellers, to those who imagine and create through delving into their history, memories and imaginations such as the artists you’ll experience during the weekend.

“The Caribbean was always the ‘new world’ well before the phrase was coined, due to its mix of races, cultures, foods and geography. You’ll find such variety at the festival through fantastic line-ups of writers and wordsmiths, steelpan, calypsonians, raconteurs and a Rum Shop Lime stage offering live performances. London-born and of Trinidadian and Jamaican heritage, I feel just as Caribbean as I do a Londoner. London is still the place for me.”

In 2012, Renaissance One produced the first London Is The Place For Me festival, which ran for two weeks at the Tricycle Theatre as part of the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village and was a cultural companion to the Olympics.

The two week programme involved more than 50 movers and shakers of T&T origin presenting family friendly events, classical concerts, a Liming party, a staging of Three Sisters by Mustapha Matura, international visits to London by writer Earl Lovelace, storyteller Paul Keens-Douglas, writer and performer Eintou Springer, storyteller Ava Hutchinson, actor Brian Green and visual artist Che Lovelace, as well as a film and talks programme.

Tickets: Early bird weekend ticket £15 (until October 5); Weekend ticket £20; Day ticket: £12.50; £1 off for residents. Each ticket permits two children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. Available on 0207 221 9700 or online at www.tabernaclew11.com/.

Times: From noon (doors at 11.30am) until 10.30pm on Saturday and 9.30pm on Sunday.

The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London, W11 2AY