First Dutch Caribbean Youth Art Festival


ESO (Evento, Show, Otro) announces that the first edition of the Dutch Caribbean Youth Art Festival (DCYA) was a complete success. With the main theme as “Brotherhood” the performances included references to the four elements: earth, wind, water, and fire. The festival resulted in a wonderful cultural exchange gathering talented young artists from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius, Suriname, and Holland. The festival took place at the Luna Blou Theatre Centre in Curaçao, August 1-10, 2014.

In preparation for the performances, the young artists participated in workshops for five days to create a multidisciplinary show, which were received with standing ovations. Performances included spoken word, music, dance, fashion, theater, and an exhibition. For example, Rayangel Boasam, from St. Maarten, presented four dub poems, each one related to an element.

Workshop leader Xemio Jacobs a CD (and a videclip), including one of his new compositions and songs performed by the group. The CD was available for purchase at the end of the shows. Choreographer Hip- hop dancer Remses “Muis” Rafaela put together a show called “Muis back in Town,” which impressed the audience, especially taking into account that the dancers had less than a week to prepare.

For more information (in Papiamentu), see

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