FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2013
The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA’s), mission is to promote, develop and celebrate Caribbean culture, arts, history and traditions of the Islands through year-round Programs.
In keeping with the goals and objectives of this organization, the Junior Carnival was started about 30 years ago and the Stay In School component began some 25 years ago. Soon after, with the encouragement of then Senator Marty Markowitz, WIADCA started its College Scholarship Program and over the years with the assistance of a few Sponsors, WIADCA has awarded over 130 scholarships to date. WIADCA takes pride in grooming future generations to develop their talents and skills by providing opportunities to showcase themselves.
One such avenue is WIADCA’s Stay In School Youth Fest Concert whose mission is to honor, celebrate and encourage the diverse artistic abilities of young performing artists in our communities throughout America and the Caribbean; the Youth Fest Concert stresses the need to stay in school in the pursuit of higher education. About five years ago, the modest concert evolved into a full-scale Youth Fest cultural concert that features the individual expressions of young people. The idea behind the concert stems from the fact that as a community we must continue to exhort our youth into understanding the significance of education in our lives.
In an age where the children of our community are constantly bombarded with images of instant gratification and the use of a technology that seeks to lessen the importance of education, The Stay in School Youth Fest Concert serves to remind us about the magnitude of our rich cultural heritage and its place in our lives. A cultural arts education has always been the mainstay of a community and as such the mission of the concert is to act as a powerful reminder to the youth of its meaning and how being rooted and grounded in it can lead to empowerment.
From hip hop to Salsa, from marching bands to Tassa drums, from Spoken Word artists to theatre groups from soca artists to vocal music soloists this year’s Youth Fest will also speak to the issues of guns and gang related violence that plague our communities. Gang violence accounts for nearly half of the crimes committed in our surrounding communities and we have witnessed the deaths of so many innocent bystanders over the years and the numbers continue to escalate in tremendous proportions. The concert will set the stage for the beginning of an ongoing dialogue relative to this issue amongst our youth and the community at large.
The concert takes place on Friday, August 30, 2013, from 11 a.m. – 3:30 pm at The Brooklyn Museum’s Parking Lot, entrance on Washington Avenue and President Street. Live Performances by the following artists listed below:
DANCE: Alycia Perrin’s Latihente Company, Mildred Forde Dance Theater, Capoeira Brooklyn with Miestre Foca Raizes Do Brasil Capoeira, Klassic, The Jules Legacy Dancers, The Roxborough Police Youth Group, hailing from the sunny island of Tobago, The New Generation Dance Group.
MARCHING BANDS: The Magnificent Troopers Marching Band, from Jamaica, West Indies, The Medgar Evers College Preparatory School Marching Band.
VOCAL ARTISTS: Devyn Tyson, Sensational Rhea, Devyne, Kalli Donald, Jamiel Clyne, Crystal Grizzle & Sus Life.
HIP-HOP / RAP ARTISTS: The Watchmen, Noah Vinson, HOA Bossman, Taya & Jay Culture
MARTIAL ARTS: Kan Cobra Martial Arts Academy
TASSA DRUMMERS: Boodoosingh School of Tassa
SPOKEN WORD ARTIST: Justina Parlay
THEATRE: The Dove Musical Theatre
DJ MUSIC: Young Chow
Fashion Show featuring 3 Clothing Designers
Sticks x Stones, Euros Closet, Bad Kvrma by Isaiah George
In keeping with the objective of WIADCA “Stay in School – Youth Fest”, every young entrepreneur is invited to market their product or service at this event.
We are also offering sponsorship opportunities to organizations and businesses who offer services and products that improve and compliment the lifestyle of today’s youth. For more information and pricing email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valerie McLeod-Katz, Coordinator and assisted by Nia Taylor Benn of NYComing. The event is FREE to all school-age children. For Information, call: 718-467-1797
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