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Trinidad-style Carnival coming to Phoenix, Arizona, USA this Memorial Day weekend

Map of Phoenix Metropolitan Area Valley of the Sun

Map of Phoenix Metropolitan Area Valley of the Sun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trinidad has long been the birthplace of Trinidad-styled Carnivals the world over, and each year it seems another Trini-style Carnival celebration is launched in another North American or European outpost.

This May, a new one takes root in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Heralded as the “first ever” Trinidad & Tobago-styled Carnival, the Phoenix Carnival debuts 25–28th May (Memorial Day weekend in the US)  in “the Valley of the Sun”. It also asserts to be one of only a few such carnivals officially sanctioned by the government of Trinidad & Tobago.Keep readingTrinidad-style Carnival coming to Phoenix, Arizona, USA this Memorial Day weekend

“Coming Home” by Theresa Awai premieres at Trinidad’s Queen’s Hall

Nikki Crosby, Clifford Learmond, Caroline Taylor and Cecilia Salazar (left to right) stand behind playwright Theresa Awai

It is not often that an award-winning team of local actors are assembled on one stage, led by an award-winning director in a gripping local play by an award-winning local playwright. But that is what audiences can look forward to next weekend as the decorated cast of Theresa Awai’s “Coming Home take the stage in the play’s Queen’s Hall premiere.

Written by Cacique Award-winning actor and playwright Theresa Awai, “Coming Home” is a provocative, poignant, funny and ultimately heart-warming new work that tells the story of how one family’s decades’ old secrets, jealousies, and rivalries are uncovered when four strong-willed siblings battle over their deceased mother’s will. As the action unfolds, we find that blood is indeed thicker than water… until everyone reads the will.

Cacique Award-winning director Raymond Choo Kong has pushed himself and his cast to dig deep for this challenging work, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see some of Trinidad’s most well-known actors – often best-known for their comedic skills – showing their dramatic chops.Keep reading“Coming Home” by Theresa Awai premieres at Trinidad’s Queen’s Hall

The return of Miss Miles to Trinidad’s Little Carib Theatre

Miss Miles - the Woman of the World at the Little Carib Theatre in TrinidadTony Hall’s Miss Miles – the Woman of the World was one of the most anticipated and exciting theatrical events of 2011, prompting four extensions after its first run in late October. It’s an exciting project of which MEP has been proud to be a media sponsor. This weekend, the indomitable Miss Miles returns to the historic Little Carib Theatre, Friday 2nd through Sunday 4th March, 2012.

Heralded by audiences and critics alike, the show has played to standing-room-only audiences and nightly standing ovations. Patrons have celebrated the timeliness of this historic new play, which follows the life and tragic death of a true Trini patriot, activist and whistle-blower Gene Miles. Those who knew the dynamic and colourful Miles have praised Cecilia Salazar for her sensitive and masterful portrayal of this Trinidadian heroine.

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Tour of Siparia, Trinidad – the City of Sand

Sipari Mai

Sometimes tourists to our shores end up seeing and knowing more details about our islands than most of us locals!

Out of the four sites we visited during my recent trip to Siparia, I had heard about one and was pleasantly surprised to learn that another site was even a part of our history. The latter, mind you, has been a popular stop for tourists for years!

Thanks to my mother, who had to go to Siparia as part of a project she was doing, I learnt a great deal about this community and our islands’ history. I was pleased that Angelo Bissessarsingh, a historian among many other things, was there to explain each site turning our visit into a very informative tour!Keep readingTour of Siparia, Trinidad – the City of Sand

PSA: the Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey (CARIMIS)

CARIMIS flyerA frequent contributor to Caribbean Beat, Cedriann J Martin, works with UNAIDS and shared this information with us about an important online study called the Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey (CARIMIS).

It’s a controversial and therefore often misunderstood and improperly documented area of social and health research – hence its critical importance for the region, not least in the effort to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and care for those already infected. Spearheaded by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Caribbean Regional Support Team (RST), the initiative involves several individuals, non-governmental organisations and partner agencies throughout the region. UNAIDS is an innovative United Nations partnership whose goal is achieving universal global access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for those who need it.Keep readingPSA: the Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey (CARIMIS)

Machel Montano, K2K & Carnival Caribbean Beat cover photo shoot

Behind the scenes: Caribbean Beat cover photo shoot with Machel Montano & K2K Carnival

For the January/February issue (#113) of Caribbean Beat, Soca super star Machel Montano graces the cover wearing a design from the new Carnival band K2K Alliance.

Hair and makeup for the shoot began when most people are now rolling out of bed, creating a buzz of excitement very early in the morning at Marlon Rouse’s studio. Surrounded by three beautiful models also dressed in K2K Alliance & Partners’ innovative, fashion-forward costumes, the cover concept came alive as soon as photographer Marlon Rouse started shooting.

Here are exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs of the shoot.Keep readingBehind the scenes: Caribbean Beat cover photo shoot with Machel Montano & K2K Carnival

MEP partners with Piranha for full-scale recycling programme

Recycling InfographicWe’re fairly tree-huggy at MEP. Over the last few years, we’ve slowly moved closer and closer to being as green a publishing company as one can be in Trinidad and Tobago. We donate as many working electronic items as we can to schools and nonprofits. We’ve recycled paper for several years with ACE Recycling (and used “draft” mode and printed on both sides as much as possible). We try to keep run the airconditioning as tepidly as possible. We’ve switched to using printing partners for our books and magazines that use more sustainable materials (paper, ink, machinery) and processes (literally saving millions of pages of paper each year).


Piranha: recycling beacon

And now, through a partnership with Piranha International – the only company in Trinidad, as far as I know, that handles virtually every form of recyclable and e-waste – we can now extend that to recycling glass, plastics, aluminium, e-waste and more.

Piranha is a company that people probably have read about in the newspapers, as they’ve formed several partnerships with other local businesses – Plastikeep, Guardian Holdings, the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Brian MacFarlane, the Tourism Development Company, and others.Keep readingMEP partners with Piranha for full-scale recycling programme