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Kingston on the Edge (KOTE), the largest visual and performing arts festival in the English speaking Caribbean, will kick off its 7th iteration on Friday the 20th of June, at Redbones Blues Cafe. The festival, which features the latest work by some of Kingston’s leading painters, sculptors, dancers, dramatists, performance artists, poets and musicians (among others); will be a nine day long exploration of the artistic spirit of Kingston, one of the world’s famous cities.

The theme of this year’s KOTE festival is “Balance”, and participants have been invited to interpret the theme as they see fit, with a view to creating an open conversation about what is an issue of central importance to us all.

As usual, KOTE takes place in a wide variety of venues and spaces, from the seaside to the mountains, providing a reminder of the multiplicity of possible experiences in our city. Particularly exciting for the organizers (and many others, based on the response) is the KOTE event at the Ward Theatre, on Sunday, June the 22nd. Part of ongoing efforts to revitalize the Ward Theatre in particular, and downtown in general; the event presents a mix of classical, jazz, ska and modern music, with dance, drama and performance art as well.

The event at the Ward is a good microcosm of the festival as a whole; providing, as it does, a space for different art forms and artists to meet, influence and combine with each other; a necessary part of a healthy artistic process.

KOTE 2014 will last nine days, from the 20th the 29th of June, and more information will be available at kingstonontheedge.org, on the festival’s Facebook page, on Twitter and also in traditional media.

Sound Recordings / KOTE
We’re collecting sounds from participants to be used on the KOTE Album.

In the Courtyard
LoveBombs / ETERI & GOCHA CHKADUA
An installation made from the unique creations of NY-based designer Gocha and his sister, Georgian based artist Eteri.

Emerge / COREY R. BRENEISEN
Mixed media pieces that pair two seemingly disparate art making techniques. Emerge strikes a balance between what is found on the surface and what lies beneath.

CHRIS CHINN – Acrylics on canvas
INANSI – Assemblages
RAMONE JOHNSON – Illuminated art
AUDREY LYNCH – Paintings
In The Garden 8pm (runs through June 28th)
Trees: A Collaborative Mural / CHARL BAKER
Expressing the Ebb and Flow of the Seasons of Life, “trees are the earths’ endless effort to speak to the listening heavens”. Leave your mark, allow your roots to dig deeper and watch your spirit bloom!

In the Gazebo (runs through June 28th)
Thought Maps / KATHERINE SILVERA
New & old drawings are arranged into a collage on intricately illustrative backgrounds that are framed with Victorian design features; creating a narrative which appears to be a children’s illustration, but upon closer inspection becomes more macabre.

Main Stage 9:30pm
Musical Performances by:
BRAINSTORM – Jazzy, Funky Hip Hop
JASON WORTON – Fresh off touring the world, this guitarist brings his inimitable fusion music to the stage.
ORISHA SOUND- Of Slavic, Scandinavian & Brazilian ancestry, this singer and multi-instrumentalist (16 instruments) creates a melange of pop, world, and urban music.

DJ Sets / AFIFA

Live performance painting / ANTWAIN CLARKE, TAJ FRANCIS, RICHARD NATTOO & DJAZ
Four visual artists will play a game. Each, wielding their medium of choice, will draw a composition fusing their imaginations with the audience’s.
Love is not enough:
Choreography and performance: NEILA EBANKS
Soundtrack: HANS DE MAN aka ANTZ
Concept and jewellery: THE GIRL AND THE MAGPIE
A collaborative dance performance puts nature’s fragility in the spotlight, expressing the necessity to treat nature with respect and to take care of her…love is not enough, actions are needed.

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