Kingston Creative’s ArtWalk wakes from the COVID-19 slumber and returns on September 25

This coming weekend downtown Kingston will wake up again, for a fiesta of art and music. You should go down there. This is the first time since the long, deep COVID-19 slumber we were in for the last two years. Here’s the word from Kingston Creative.

Dancer Joel Immortal (left) and actor Desmond Dennis will perform during the ArtWalk.

This Sunday, Downtown Kingston will be full of music and art, as Kingston Creative relaunches the ArtWalk festival for the first time since the onset of COVID-19. Sponsored by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (a Division of the MInistry of Tourism), the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), Dream Entertainment and Main Event, the monthly mecca of Jamaican culture is back in Water Lane, amid a backdrop of new murals.

Royal Blu. (Photo: Kingston Creative)

Sunday’s lineup includes Royal Blu, a versatile singer, songwriter, and lyricist who’s been hailed as “one of Jamaica’s top artists to watch” by Complex magazine.  Other acts include performances by actor Desmond Dennis and popular steel band, RSI Steel. Patrons will enjoy an interactive dancehall performance and class with 2022 Red Bull Jamaica Dance Your Style champion Joel Tennant, also known as ‘Joel Immortal’. Guided tours will also be offered throughout the day from 9am – 3 pm and for those who want to check out the indoor spaces, dining and pop up art exhibitions will be inside popular bistro, F&B Downtown and upstairs at the Creative Hub at 107 Harbour Street.

The steel band, RSI Steel. (Photo: Kingston Creative)

In addition to performances from across the spectrum of Jamaican creativity, there will be an art installation by House of Caos and the F & B parking lot will be lined with tents filled with vendors and artisans selling jewelry, food and other creative goods. Some of the confirmed artisans include Crystal Box, ChelleMac, MeLine Fashions, La Mona designs & Variety, Tasha & Tianne Fashion (T&T), Hune Wares, 44 Miles Jewelry, Eco Art Life Jamaica, iNation books, e’Klɛktïk Pieces, Because It Is For You, The Cake Collective, the Reggae Chefs, the Waah Gwaan Food Truck and more.

Dancers at the January 2020 ArtWalk. (Photo: Kingston Creative)

“The Artwalk is finally back in Downtown and we are grateful for our new partners like Main Event for providing a platform for emerging artists and artisans, and investing in the redevelopment of the old city,” said Executive Director, Andrea Dempster-Chung. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Water Lane this Sunday!”

Kingston Creative is investing in “People and Place”; developing strong Jamaican creative entrepreneurs and building a vibrant Art District in Downtown Kingston.

Traditional maypole, with the Institute of Jamaica in the background, at the October 2020 ArtWalk. (Photo: Kingston Creative)

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