There is so much more to this time of the year than just Crop Over music and feting. Bajan talent spreads wide across various disciplines and the Freedom Festival is another way you can enjoy it! Gine On?! is working with a team of fantastic organizers to provide platforms for artists to continue to showcase their various talents in dance, theatre, visual arts, literary arts, spoken word and more. Let’s admit it, some of these art forms take a back seat during July and August, so the Freedom festival is giving them the stage to show off to the whole world!
Scroll down to find out more about the Virtual Visuals online art gallery, the Crop Over Unapologetic digital Literary Arts magazine, the Crop Over Ben Ovah Dance competition, the Open Mic Spoken Word video showcase and the Bimprov theatre show. Hit the images and videos below to enter the experience!
This festival is supported by the NCF’s COVID 19 Creatives Technical Assistance Grant
FOLKLORE REBIRTH: Re-imagining Bajan folk characters
A virtual art gallery of original artwork by artists and designers and their interpretation of some of Barbados’ traditional folk characters reborn in a modern setting. How would you visually re-design the Heartman, Mr. Harding, Mudda Sally or even a Tuk Band or Landship! The gallery exhibit will be open online from July 27th until August 31st. This project being collaborated on with Oneka Small and Artist Alliance.
Submissions open NOW! Gallery opens July 27th. Hit the button below for all the info you need on submissions and chances to have your work showcased and even rewarded!
Crop Over Unapologetic
Online Literary Arts magazine
An online Lit Mag published made up of submissions from writers of prose and poetry seated in the setting of Crop Over. The words or the selected writers would be creatively married with images from local photographers. Showcase your work in an attractive format easy available for thousands online and have the opportunity for excerpts of your work to be performed by local cultural influencers! This project is being collaborated on with Nailah Imoja and a team of powerful editors and advisors.
Crop Over Ben Ovah
Utilising an original movement style, create a dance to Jus D’s Touch! Dance must be original in content and name, while being reflective of the song. Submission can be solo or in a group with a maximum of 4 dancers. This is being coordinated by Shama Harding, Teila Williams and Shameka Walters.
View the page to see the entries and also find out who won the competition and was rated as top signature movement
Open Mic Spoken Word Showcase
Improv Theatre Show
BCC Theatre Arts in collaboration with CCCC and Gine On Freedom Festival present The Bimprov Show. Performed live on Zoom on July 26th. Re-watch the theatre show here!