KOTE Opens Strong!
KOTE Opens Strong!
When you approach an event and have to drive approximately a half a mile to find parking, you can assume it will be an eventful night. The energy was pulsating even from the parking lot as patrons converged at Red Bones on Friday June 22, 2012 for the official opening night of Kingston on the Edge. After being back from a year’s break, KOTE reemerged this year with a BANG!
It was obviously of the faces of every single patron that this event deserved to be staged and that this night was the beginning of great things. Always providing a sense of freedom and transcending traditional spaces, the theme for this year’s staging KOTE 2012, IDENTITY: The Opened I. This quote from their site describes the reasoning behind such:
“Identity is an issue that underlies art, community and almost everything else- Who am I, what am I, and why am I? Art of course, arises out of these same questions. So on this, the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s independence; we feel that we, as a community are particularly well placed to find some answers.
We’ll be looking forward, backward and sideways, in the process.
So open your I”
The House of the Arts team arrived while Suzanne Couch was on stage and the crowd seemed to enjoy her performance thoroughly. The most receptive part of her performance was the journey through Ska and old school Reggae Music. As Couch encouraged persons to get up out of their seats, the audience caught her fire and officially let loose for the night. Upon investigation, our team found out that we had not too long ago missed a great performance by Addis Pablo who was paying tribute to his father Augustus Pablo and Rastafari. This was a combination of Roots Reggae and Dub, which was very well received.
All in all, this event was worth the while and was a great way to start off the festival. KOTE runs until Saturday June 30th, 2012 and there will be an event every day until then, ending with an artist’s open house.
Get involved today as this unique opportunity only comes but once a year.
Visit their website for the full schedule: http://www.kingstonontheedge.org/
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