Wednesday, June 1. 2011
The 15th annual Carnival in Bielefeld takes place Saturday, June 4, 2011.
15. Bielefelder Carnival der Kulturen am Samstag, den 4. Juni 2011
Sunday, March 15. 2009
Anne Hilton reports in T&T's Newsday:
WITHOUT DOUBT the talking point of the Cross Cultural Experience with the Carsten Daerr Trio and Michael Boothman and Friends, under the aegis of German Ambassador Dr Ernst Martens in the Simon Bolivar Auditorium, Venezuelan Embassy last Wednesday, was the debut of the Percussive Harmonic Instrument (PHI), the gleaming, black and white Steinway of Pan — or so the spanking new instrument appears to one who prefers classics to jazz.
Wednesday, March 11. 2009
Following the successful cooperation of last year’s Kite Duo Franz Bauer and Dirk Strakhof from Germany with renowned local artists like Clive Zanda, Mikhail Salcedo, Donald Jnr. Noel and many others, the German Embassy is proud to be able to host another cross cultural experience in Port of Spain.
Trinidad will be the last stop of the successful German Carsten Daerr Trio on their tour through the Caribbean and Central America.
The Carsten Daerr Trio will perform at the Simon Bolivar Auditorium of the Venezuelan Embassy on 11 March, 2009 at 7 p.m., also featuring local Jazz icon Michael Boothman.
Thursday, March 5. 2009
From the Trinidad Guardian by Indra Dwarka-Koch:
Long worn Trinidad costumes made their revival at a famous and historical German Carnival Fancy Dress Ball last month, coinciding with T&T Carnival. These costumes may have been old for a Trini to wear for C2K9 but not so for Alexandra Carolin Koch and her friends. With much hard work new costumes were created and designed, old ones repaired. These costume pieces, were either collected on the streets or handed down from masquerades from award winning bands in earlier Trinidad Carnivals.
Thursday, July 10. 2008
The inaugural edition of 'Caribbean Summer' took place in Dortmund this past weekend. Several thousands showed up in Westfalenpark to enjoy the festivities on Saturday evening. There were a number of steel bands on hand comprised of 180 musicians including a local band from Dortmund's Pan Kultur, Bäng Bäng, also Delaware Steel from the USA, and Ebony from London.
On Sunday there were workshops for kids and a carnival style parade through the park. Steely Wonder, another steel band from Finland also made an appearance.
This edition of Caribbean Summer was sponsored by the tourist board of the Bahamas. It is hoped that this festival will become an annual event.
A full report in German from Ruhr Nachrichten follows after the YouTube clip. Go directly to their website for promotional photos and pictures from the event itself.
Here's a clip of a performance by PanGang, the youth pan orchestra of Pan Kultur:
Friday, June 20. 2008
Lord Melody's Mama Look A Booboo is perhaps one of the most recorded calypsos ever. One version was even recorded in German by Swedish singer Alice Babs. The lyrics, however, have been changed to protect the ugly daddy. Instead, the song's more innocuous wording written by Hans Bradke tells of a happy Caribbean family whose mother is Cuban and father is Jamaican, and who sing cheerful music together as father sails off in his banana boat. It is rather typical of the popularized calypso genre of 1957 and even references Belafonte's singing voice.
To have a listen pop over to the the music page. (Also recently added is another football classic: Lancelot Layne's Target from 1989.)
The lyrics follow below:
Friday, June 20. 2008
The Trinidad Express Women's Magazine profiles a German jewelry designer who landed in Tobago.
Some Girls Have Other Best Friends
Friday, May 30. 2008
The twelfth annual Carnival der Kulturen in Bielefeld takes place on June 6 and 7. This year's theme is "Call of Nature". The parade will take place on at 3pm on Sunday the 7th beginning on Schloßhofstraße and ending in Ravensburger Park. At 5:30pm the parade participants will present themselves on the stage in the park. All other parties and activities surrounding the carnival are listed at carnival-bielefeld.de.
Some of the participants slated for this year include:
Wednesday, May 14. 2008
Caribbean Heatwave, a carnival band based in Germany participates in the Karneval Der Kulturen every year. Here is a peak at members Gail Edmund and Barbara Saltmann as they prepared for this year's parade, from Tagesspiegel:
Anprobe für die Parade
Tuesday, April 8. 2008
Peter Doig, a contemporary Scottish painter who resides in Trinidad has won the annual Wolgang Hahn Prize from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany. Doig originally moved to Trinidad in 1962 for several years and later returned in 2002, when he set up a studio at the Caribbean Contemporary Arts centre near Port of Spain, and also became professor at the internationally renowned fine arts academy in Düsseldorf, Germany.
British painter Peter Doig is the winner of the fifteenth annual Wolfgang Hahn Prize, awarded each year to a contemporary artist by the Society for Modern Art at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, reports the Deutsche Presse Agentur. Doig will be presented with the €100,000 ($158,000) prize at a ceremony at the museum on April 14. The museum also acquires a work from each prizewinner.
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