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BANKRA CULTURAL 
FESTIVAL 2023

ProduceR : ANDREW CLARKE

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: JOEL EDWARDS

  • St. Albans Park (Archie Spigner Park) - August 12

The Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival features traditional folk forms and experiences from different Caribbean territories. Inherited from the Twi language of  Ghana (bonkara), a bankra is a large, woven basket made of indigenous materials in the islands of the Caribbean and is often carried or used as a display for a wide variety of produce, usually colorful and tantalizing to the eyes. This is exactly what this festival replicates: the largesse beauty of the folk culture represented from each island. 

There are three major components to the festival:

1) The Stalls/Island
2) The Cultural Performances
3) Cultural Pop Up Display

These three components set the Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival apart from other Caribbean festivals featuring popular recording artists. This event is dedicated to Folk forms and Folk culture. It provides nostalgia for those who grew up with it, learning opportunities for others who had no knowledge of it, and helps reestablish the importance and relevance of Folk culture as a viable, vibrant contributor to the Caribbean brand.

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BANKRA CULTURAL FESTIVAL 2021

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MEET THE ARTISTS

Meet the Artists

THE PERFORMERS

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Juliene Believe

(The Bahamas)

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Hazel-Ann Winston

(Dominica)

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Princess 'Abdiel' Pratt

(The Bahamas)

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Saint Kitts and Nevis Folklore Theatre

(St. Kitts & Nevis)

THE CREATIVES

Script Writer
Karl O'Brian Williams

Creative Director
Andrew Clarke

Musical Director
Joel Edwards

Mixing Engineer
Taje Crumbe

Keyboards
Joel Edwards

Bass Guitar/Sound Tech
Newel Singh

Lead Guitar
Colwyn Mitchell

Drums
Allan Wellington

Our Sponsors

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NYC Councilmember NANTASHA WILLIAMs

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and Council Member Darlene Mealy.

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