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Caribbean Beat November December 2014 issue
 

EMBARK
 
Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in November and December — from surfing in Barbados to Pantomime in Jamaica
 
2014’s hottest Caribbean novel, Caribbean artists on show in Santa Fe, and a celebration of food and drink in Barbados

THE LOOK
Vincentian designer Karen De Freitas combines a dancehall vibe with big-city style

Caribbean Bookshelf (November/December 2014)
This month’s reading picks — from new poetry to a graveyard guidebook
 
New releases to get you in the groove — from jazz to roots reggae
 
COOKUP
Trinidad’s cocoa is among the world’s best, but for decades the finest beans have been exported. A new grassroots movement is taking this natural bounty and making extraordinary chocolate products at home. Liana Crooks reports
 

ARRIVE
 
HOME GROUND
Trinidad’s long east coast, stretching from Galera to Galeota, offers miles upon miles of sandy bays, picturesque villages, and vistas of coconut trees. AndHelen Shair-Singhdiscovers you can explore it all in a day — pausing to take in the delights of scenery, conversation, browsing at local markets, and old-fashioned ice-cream

ROUND TRIP
The Caribbean is a birdwatchers’ paradise, thanks to six hundred bird species, including some of the world’s most spectacular. Nazma Muller learns about eleven birds that serious ornithologists long to cross off their lists, and what bird tourism could mean for the region

OFFTRACK
Baliceaux: no place like home
The tiny island of Baliceaux in the Grenadines is uninhabited today. But over two centuries ago, it was a place of temporary exile for St Vincent’s Black Caribs.Christopher Taylorgoes in search of that tragic past

TRAVELLERS' TALES
Beyond the beyond: the Shetland Islands
The Shetland Islands, northernmost part of the United Kingdom, seem utterly remote on the map. But Nicholas Laughlin finds they have a busy history as a crossroads of the North Atlantic
 

IMMERSE
 
BACK STORY
Founded forty years ago, the National Gallery of Jamaica has long taken a leading role in the country’s art scene. Now innovative new programmes are attracting a broader audience, Kellie Magnus discovers. Meanwhile, the new art space NLS is opening doors for younger artists
 
OWN WORDS
St Lucia-born actor Joseph Marcell on his path to the stage, his celebrated role on a hit US sitcom, and the value of both “grace” and “rivalry” for performing artists — as told toJoshua Surtees
 
RIDDEM & RHYME
Forever young
Calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow may be pushing eighty, but he’s still the “calypso king of the world” — as the new documentary The Glamour Boyz Againmore than proves. Garry Steckles previews the film
 

ENGAGE

INSPIRE
The Guyanese advocacy group Red Thread began in 1986 to help women at a time of economic problems. Thirty years later, the collective is a major force in the region advocating for the rights of women and young people. Lisa Allen-Agostini talks to co-founder Karen de Souza and learns about the power of grassroots activism

PLUGIN
“Crowdfunding” is an ubiquitous buzzword among young creative types. But how much do online platforms like Kickstarter really help?Georgia Popplewelltalks to Caribbean filmmakers and artists about their crowdfunding experiences
 
ON THIS DAY
Fifty years ago, the crime novel A Caribbean Mystery was a hit for popular British writer Agatha Christie — and surprisingly revealing about the Caribbean of that time, says James Ferguson
 
PARTING SHOT
In Trinidad, the traditional sound of Christmas is Spanish-inflected parang
 
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