Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival comes to York Performing Arts Center in Jamaica

Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival in Jamaica
Jamaican singer JC Lodge (Courtesy of Braata Productions)

Braata Productions, an organization dedicated to highlighting Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists and culture, will present the Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival, celebrating the 60th anniversary of independence for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

This festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 6, from noon to 8 p.m., on the lawn of the York Performing Arts Center at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica.

The word “bankra” refers to a large, woven basket made of materials from the Caribbean islands, and is usually carried or used to display colorful produce. These interwoven materials relate to the fusion of Caribbean cultures that takes place at this festival.

The Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival has attractions that everyone can enjoy, with stalls, island baskets, cultural performances and a cultural pop-up display. There will be traditional folk music and dances from the Braata Folk Singers, JC Lodge (Jamaica), Marva Newton (Trinidad & Tobago) and the Carnyval Dancers (Trinidad & Tobago).

There is also a food pavilion with authentic cuisine from different islands. In addition, there will be activities such as drumming circles and a play zone where participants can play traditional Caribbean games.

The event is free, but donations are accepted at braataproductions.org/bankra2022. RSVP for the event at betterunite.com.

Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival in Jamaica
Courtesy of Braata Productions

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