2017 Bermuda Gombey Festival


The 2017 Bermuda International Gombey Festival has been expanded from a one-day event to four days; festivities began yesterday, October 5, and will continue through the weekend. The Royal Gazette reports:

The Gombey Festival is held annually to provide continued exposure to the folk art traditions of this important cultural heritage. The late Terry “Termite” Simmons will be honoured at this year’s festival.

Events include:

  • Thursday: MASKulinity: traditions of the Bermuda Gombey. Art showcase mingle at Bermuda Society of Arts, from 5pm to 7pm.
  • Friday: The Persistence of Tradition: Masking in West Africa, Haiti and Bermuda. Dr Kenneth E. Robinson/Cyril Outerbridge Packwood Memorial Lecture, with Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor at Department of African American Studies, Princeton University, at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, from 7pm. Tickets at Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.
  • Saturday: Bermuda International Gombey Festival Showcase at Botanical Gardens, main show ring, from 5pm to 9pm.
  • Sunday: Gombey Festival Weekend Sundowner at Tobacco Bay, from 4pm to 9pm.
  • Sunday: Trust Talk, The Bermuda Gombey, Origins and Evolution at Verdmont, 6 Verdmont Lane, off Collectors Hill, Smith’s, from 1.30pm. Cost $20 to members, $25 for non-members.

For original post, see http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20171004/gombey-festival-expanded&source=RSS

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