Monday, 29 July 2013

Emancipation Day Celebrations: Trinidad and Tobago - The Lidj Yasu Omowale Village

The 1st August, 2013 marks about 179 years celebrating the freedom of African slaves in Trinidad and Tobago from the physical shackles of slavery (unofficially and 28 years officially). The Emancipation Support Committee (Trinidad and Tobago) commemorates this occasion with the usual celebrations at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Village, Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain. For those of you who have never attended the 'Emancipation Village' or 'D Village' celebrations, as it is fondly called, we bring you a visual taste of the treats you can find there. D Village is a celebration of the culture of the African patrimony, through the afro-Trinidadian people on the island: art, poetry, food, dress and lots more. The village runs from 26th July to 1st August, 2013. I visited on the Sunday 28th July, 2013, "Youth Pan Day" & "Youth Unity Concert",  just to get you these highlights but take a look at the event calendar at the end of the post for help on deciding which days best suit your discerning tastes!

The Heart of the D Village
Despite the earlier heavy rains patrons came out to get in on the shopping, art and entertainment at D Village on Sunday 28th July, 2013.
D Village consists of several distinct sections - clothing, food, miscellaneous and several others. 

Art, Interior Decor/Household Items & Accessories, Clothing & Accessories
At D Village you are sure to find artwork from various local artists in a range of media: acrylic, oils and pastels to copper, bronze and wood.

The Art of B. Holder ranges from acrylic to oil pastels,
canvas to Tshirts.

B. Holder also holds his own with these old-time houses.

Ken's Copper Collections
showcases Copper Wall art & jewelry.

Island Stuff Originals displays their wooden wall art by Edrian Moore.
Wooden dishware and kitchen tools from Arthur's Novelties.

Cryscelin's showcases their household items, bags and accessories.
Thousand Curls and Roannta Dalrymple display their art, jewelry &
hair accessories.

Rastarebellion Tshirts on sale.

A shopper learns more about the clothing and accessories at
D'Caribbean Culture Shack Ltd.
This client learns several ties for her pair of Sandalias Sandals at
D'Caribbean Culture Shack Ltd.
Charisma Fashion Ltd (Ghana) showcases their Ghanian clothing &

Mr. King engages the audience on Sunday night at Youth Unity Concert
at D Village.

Buzz Rock gives a spirited performance on Sunday night at the D Village.

Angelique Kidjo will perform on Wednesday 31st July, 2013.

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