Joining us for the CATAPULT Lockdown Virtual Salon at 1 PM (AST) on Tuesday November 10th, 2020 is CATAPULT Grantee, Kevin Bhall (Trinidad & Tobago),
Joining us for the CATAPULT Lockdown Virtual Salon at 1 PM (AST) on Tuesday November 10th, 2020 is CATAPULT Grantee, Kevin Bhall (Trinidad & Tobago), who will be speaking with DJ Simmons (Barbados)!
Kevin Bhall is a self-taught artist and animator from Trinidad. He has been animating all his life and since the early 2000s has been producing independent animated projects, several of which have earned critical nominations and awards. His films focus on a variety of themes ranging from environmental and cultural to humourous in nature. These themes are often combined together and delivered with stunning animation for maximum effect. Additionally, his hilarious viral animations done over live action video, known as “real life doodles” under the name “bloopledebleep1” have delighted millions on sites such as imgur, reddit, 9gag, instagram and more. Even now he continues to push the boundaries of the medium in the new space that the internet has created, to spread humour, our Caribbean culture, environmental awareness and more.
D.J Simmons is a pure bajan poet. This award winning spoken word artist and acclaimed writer has been performing and developing the art of poetry and creative writing in Barbados for the past decade. He is a multiple award winner at the National Independence Festival Of Creative Arts (NIFCA), including Gold, and the inaugural winner of the Bruce St. John Award. He represented his country proudly at Carifesta XII, XII and XIV in Haiti, Barbados and Trinidad respectively promoting Barbadian literature. D.J also is the Co-Founder of the Bajan arts and culture web platform GineOn.com, produces works through his company DoJangles Publishing, and provides copy editing and copywriting services to corporate entities. This animated storyteller also enjoys working with children of all ages, performing with the Read2Me initiative, and acts as the tutor for Creative Writing at the annual NCF Arts Camp. His dynamic attractive personality provides a song for every season and a rhyme for every reason.
Huge thanks to the CATAPULT Partners The American Friends of Jamaica, Kingston Creative and Fresh Milk for making this happen, and remember to tune in again for our next session today at 4 PM (AST) to see DJ in conversation with Jamaican hip hop artist Five Steez!
CATAPULT | A Caribbean Arts Grant is a COVID-19 relief programme conceptualised by Kingston Creative (Jamaica) and Fresh Milk (Barbados) and funded by the American Friends of Jamaica | The AFJ (USA). Designed as a capacity building initiative it will directly provide financial support to over 1,000 Caribbean artists, cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs impacted by the pandemic and working in the themes of culture, human rights, gender, LGBTQIA+, and climate justice.