Guyana’s natural splendour and fascinating cultural mix are at the heart of the latest issue of Caribbean Beat, the region’s leading arts and travel magazine. As the Guyanese government and people celebrate the country’s fiftieth anniversary of Independence in May 2016, a special travel feature in the magazine shares with its readers the stunning landscapes of Guyana, from river to mountain, savannah to coast. And the new issue’s cover image is a majestic wild jaguar, which can be spied in Guyana’s forested interior.
Caribbean Beat is known for its insightful Caribbean travel coverage, and the May/June issue also includes a Cuba travel diary by award-winning Trinidadian writer Sharon Millar, plus a roundup of the attractions of Charlotteville on Tobago’s north-eastern coast.
In its signature arts and culture section, the new Caribbean Beat surveys the growing field of contemporary digital art in the region, with a portfolio of work by artists from Jamaica, Barbados, St Martin, and Trinidad, all introduced by Jamaican writer and curator Nicole Smythe-Johnson. Also in the mix are an interview with Anguillan Omari Banks — West Indies cricket player turned reggae musician — and a behind-the-scenes story on the new film A Caribbean Dream, screenwriter/director Shakirah Bourne’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in Barbados, with a cast of Bajan and international actors.
Elsewhere in the magazine, writer Nazma Muller explains how the Blue Halo initiative is helping preserve Barbuda’s beaches and coastal waters, Suzanne Bhagan tells a cross-cultural tale of introducing Trini corn soup to Japanese diners, Laura Dowrich previews the St Lucia Jazz Festival, and Tanya Batson-Savage pens a love letter to the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica — alongside other dispatches on upcoming events around the region.
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