Issue 168 (January/February 2022)

In the latest issue of Caribbean Beat magazine, four writers share treasured memories of Carnivals past — from Kiddies’ Mas to calypso tents — as we look forward to the post-pandemic resurgence of T&T’s beloved annual festival. Meet the Venezuelan performer who’s brought the traditional Burroquite masquerade across the Gulf of Paria, and find a groovy playlist for Guyana’s Mashramani. Plus we take you on a trip to Caribbean Airlines destinations across the region, from Dominica to Curaçao, Tobago to Suriname, as you plan your dream trip for 2022. As always, you’ll also find coverage of Caribbean books, music, food, and more!

Dangerous Freedom

Bookshelf (Jan/Feb 2022) | Book reviews

This month’s reading picks from the Caribbean, with reviews of Dangerous Freedom by Lawrence Scott; How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones; The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein; and Nature’s Wild: Love, Sex, and Law in the Caribbean by Andil Gosine

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Trinidad Carnival is love | Backstory

This year’s Trinidad Carnival season is once again a time of uncertainty, thanks to the ongoing pandemic. But while lovers of the festival dream of spectacular Carnivals to come, they also cherish memories of Carnivals past. Janine Mendes-Franco, Mark Lyndersay, Laura Dowrich, and Caroline Taylor share their treasured Carnival memories in this year’s instalment of “Carnival is love”

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Ready to go | Round trip

The start of a new year is a chance to imagine future travel plans — and after two pandemic years, we’re all ready for a break! Are you thinking of a quick weekend getaway, a week of relaxation, or an even longer escape? Here are six itineraries from across Caribbean Airlines’ regional network

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