Issue 65 (January/February 2004)

Dedicated to the “Artists of the Streets”, those men and women who from the late 1940s to the early 90s with their costumes and designs ensured Trinidad Carnival was a living work of art. From Harold Saldenah to Peter Minshall we take a closer look at the people behind the bands and the impact they had on the nation. Also inside we profile Frank Collymore – writer and editor of Bim for over 40 years, meet Jamaican-born actress Yvonne Brewster and hand out advice for 10 things to do in Trinidad after Carnival plus all our regular departments and a whole lot more.

Trinidad Carnival’s artists of the streets

Trinidad Carnival combines bacchanalian celebration with spontaneous street theatre, in an atmosphere of fantasy and “freeness”. Above all, it is the spectacle of the masquerade- thousands of costumed revellers transforming Port of Spain into a visual fantasia. The decades after the Second World War were a golden age of Carnival costume design. Dylan Kerrigan and Nicholas Laughlin profile the major designers of this era, the individuals whose imagination, craft, and passion created legends
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The Dragon Can’t Dance

The Dragon Can’t Dance explores the contradictions between the power and beauty of Trinidad’s Carnival and the social and personal issues hiding behind the costumes. James Ferguson argues that Earl Lovelace’s novel comes closer than any other literary work to the truth of the mas’
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