Youth Talk Through Arts in Saint Lucia
The boundless creativity of young St. Lucians will be explored when Youth Talk Through Arts begins in St.Lucia on November 17th.
The talent showcase, will celebrate young people through music, dance, spoken word, drama, fashion, film and visual art. It will also support young artists and entrepreneurs to showcase their skills, while expressing themselves on issues affecting them in a non-judgmental arena.
Youth Talk Through Arts is being held under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme Eastern Caribbean Office Youth-IN project, and is led by the Youth Think Tank members from Barbados, Ms. Shari Pollard and St. Lucia Tevin Shepherd.
Some of the acts who will 'talk' on stage at the Derek Walcott Square from 5:00pm include ProjectCan, Youth On Fire Ministry, Ican and Atlas.
The showcase is 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 will focus on two primary themes – "Issues Affecting Youth" and "A Celebration of Youth".
The Youth Talk Through Arts initiative has been interactive from beginning to end, allowing young artists the opportunity for both professional and public feedback to hone their craft.
Prior to the November 17th event, selected young artists benefited from a one-day workshop 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, art 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 performing 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 their 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.