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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Green Readings 2011...Just lighting up our corner of the world

Sometimes, as an artist, it can be easy to get bogged down in what we do. Forgetting why we do what we do. Those reasons can be myriad and complex, but for those of us inspired by our environment (and all it embraces) and try to impact positively upon it through art, it can be good to take a deep examining breath.

That's why this year, ArtsEtc has chosen the theme: "Light up your corner of the world" for its Green Readings 2011 and again invited six dynamic Barbados artists -- Allison Cadogan, Winston Farrell,
Margaret Gill, Adrian Green, Martina Pilé, and Yvonne Weekes -- to share how they do it, or would like to do it.

The annual event, which is staged in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment, is now in its fourth year. It takes place over two weekends each June for Environment Month, and has, in previous years, showcased literary and other performance to help promote a different kind of environmental awareness.

This year, the readings take place on Saturday, June 11 on the Boardwalk, Hastings Rocks (directly behind KFC Hastings); and Saturday, June 18 at the Folkestone Marine Reserve). Showtime for both is 3:30 p.m.

Each Green Reading will, for the first time, have a Boardwalk Talk: a Q&A and open mic segment during which the audience gets to respond with questions, comments or a brief reading of their own.

Green Readings has proved popular with audiences, who enjoy the relaxed, scenic setting, provocative readings and refreshments afterwards courtesy of Chef Creig Greenidge.

For more information on this and other Green Readings, or to take part in Boardwalk Talk, please visit ArtsEtc on Facebook or email artsetc@sunbeach.net. And feel free to leave a comment here or on Facebook telling us how you light up your corner with what you do.

Top: GR11 performers (clockwise from top): Margaret Gill, Adrian Green, Yvonne Weekes, Martina Pilé, Winston Farrell, Allison Cadogan.

• The Hastings Rocks Green Reading last year.

• Members of the Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary School choir who performed at Green Readings, Hastings Rocks in 2009. The choir will be present at the Folkestone reading this year.

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