WAMI: Writers, Artists, Musicians and Intellectuals September Conference
The month in which we celebrate our independence is not only about the festivities. Some persons in entertainment and education are congregating on a number of issues. Writers, Artists, Musicians and Intellectuals are invited to the WAMI Conference on Friday at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall. According to Adele Trapp, WAMI’s Coordinator, the event is billed as an annual meeting of artistic minds.
Adele Trapp, Coordinator, WAMI
“What we’re hoping is that writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals will come out to the parish hall. We’ve invited individuals to form four panels—there are twelve people and so they will be talking about whatever is dear to their hearts. Everything is being done under the theme “Land of the Free, Real or Surreal.” And so people will be coming with their ideas, their information, their questions. We know for a fact that some of the presenters have already decided what they want to speak about. For example; Myrna Manzanarez, she is releasing a new book, “From the Bowels of my Soul”—it includes poetry and it really addresses some of the serious social concerns that we have. So she will be sharing from that book and talking about social issues. Dr. Jaime Awe, who we know knows a lot about Belizean anthropology and history—he will be sharing about St. George’s Caye. I know he previewed a little bit on Sunday about the burial Eve Broaster on St. George’s Caye and then linked to the Hyde’s Family. According to information that’s been made available fver the years, there are several people who have links to people who have been buried on St. George’s Caye. There is a list of about twenty-seven people and a couple days ago, I received a request from somebody who said I think I have connections to St. George’s Caye and so it will be very interesting to see what comes out of this discourse. It is the first and we hope that writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals can continue to be engaged. One of the things that we as a society tend to overlook is that all these people actually are the people who document our past and our present. Sometimes when people want to find out information from our nation’s past, they want to go to a history book when sometimes the history is enshrined in song, in poetry, in so many different ways and in ways that can reach people, in ways that are lively, in ways that can touch them so that they themselves can connect to our past and to see how we have evolved from where we were let’s say back in 1798 to where we are today.”
The conference begins at eight thirty a.m. and wraps up at five p.m. For more information, call 661-8050 or e-mail [email protected]