The talent showcase, celebrated young people through music, dance, spoken word, drama, fashion, film and visual art. It supported young artists and entrepreneurs to showcase their skills while expressing themselves on issues affecting them in a non-judgmental arena.
Youth Talk Through Arts was held under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme Eastern Caribbean Office Youth-In project in collaboration with the Ministry of Creative Industries, Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Rise St.Lucia and the St.Lucia National Youth Council. It was led by the Youth Think Tank members from Barbados: Ms. Shari Pollard and St.Lucia- Tevin Shepherd.
Some of the acts who “spoke” on stage at the Derek Walcott Square from 5 p.m. included ProjectCan, Youth on Fire Ministry, ICAN, and the Laborie Steel pan.
The showcase was conceptualized to provide a platform to give the youth a voice, using the performing and visual arts as the medium. The night’s artistic works and performances focused on two primary themes: “Issues Affecting Youth” and “A Celebration of Youth”.
Prior to the November 17 event, young artists benefited from several one-day workshops under the guidance of experienced artistic mentors who helped the participants develop their pieces.
Youth Talk Through Arts, which will also be produced in Barbados, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis, is designed to be a truly diverse display of talent with performances, arts displays, a fashion show and a designer challenge.
Dr. Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis UNDP’s Youth-In project coordinator said the intent of Youth Talk Through Arts was to create a judgment-free space where young Caribbean talent can shine, while at the same time, it will empower youth to participate in governance processes by raising their voices through arts and will inform policy highlighting areas affecting youth through the arts.
“Outside of local competitions, there are few avenues for youth to express themselves creatively- and even less for them to express themselves without being judged. The Youth-In project is aimed at getting young Caribbean people involved in their communities in every way possible and Youth Talk Through Arts is for those who articulate themselves through art. It will provide an outlet for young artists to express themselves in ways which may not be as easily expressed in words,” she explained.
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