Art From the People
On Saturday, Downtown Belize City will be transformed once again into a creative village for arts and craft in the 4th Annual Street Art Festival.
The event is fast becoming a tradition where musicians, artists and creators are given a showcase to display their art, and today, the organizers told us that it's getting bigger. Here's what you can expect at this year's Festival:
Karen Vernon, organizer
"This year as the previous years we have the food court vendors. Vendors will be displaying and selling jewelry, sculptures - what they have to offer. We have a kids zone, we have a youth section; a youth stage. New to this year we will have a side walk chair competition and a carnival section and of course entertainment."
Kim Vasquez, organizer
"My section is called the kids zone and it is located on Bishop Street, that's the section that runs right beside the Scotia Bank parking lot and that section is filled with activities for children, some of them are just for fun, there is the trampoline, there is face painting and we and we are going to have a magician this year and ICA also has a booth in there that is called the "kids art world" - that's our "pickey" corner as we called it. We have a group of art instructors that we work with that will be in there and they will be doing different art education activities inside that booth. There is going to be for example some visual art, there will be kite making. We will also have the music instruments out there including the steel pan, so children can come to touch a violin, try it out, beat on the steel pan if they want to experience what it is to play a steel pan."
Joseph "Stamp" Romero
"I am working with the youth stage and of course the youth stage caters to the more energetic and more enthusiastic part of our population and give them something to actually put their energies into and so the youth stage is basically for young artist to actually come out there and express their talent. We use the same theme every year "It's your art express it," because art is expressive and so we are trying to encourage rappers, dancers, singers to come out and also compete and not just perform. There is a $300 prize for each of the categories if they win."
Karen Vernon, organizer
"We have 2 special bands coming out apart from the regular entertainers; we have the Carlos Perrote band and special we have the Garifuna Collective. We have a dance group from Mexico, we have the New Generation Dance Company, the Belize National Dance Company, we have Joel August, TR Shine - great entertainers on stage."
The Street Art Festival starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. where entertainment will be provided for the entire family.