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Pushing environmental message

Featured reader Shakirah Bourne entertains a question from the lively audience while Green host Jewel Forde keeps order.

Featured reader Shakirah Bourne entertains a question from the lively audience while Green host Jewel Forde keeps order.

Barbadian publishing company ArtsEtc staged its sixth Green Readings by the Solar House in Queen’s Park on Saturday.

The annual enviro-arts lime, hosted in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and Drainage for Environment Month, was a lively affair with writers, artists and musicians coming together to share how the environment affects them, mind, body and spirit.

Green Readings began when the Ministry of the Environment approached ArtsEtc for innovative ways to educate the public about environmental issues. The first events took place in 2008 at the Cloister Bookstore in Bridgetown, subsequently branching out to open air venues such as Folkestone Marine Park, the bandstand in Speightstown, and its pet location, the Boardwalk, Hastings.

This year’s readings, GR13, form part of ArtsEtc’s 10th anniversary celebrations. ArtsEtc was formed in 2003 by award-wining writers and former journalists Robert Edison Sandiford and Linda M. Deane. In addition to staging the Green Readings, ArtsEtc publishes anthologies, is an online cultural forum ( and is engaged in literacy and literary activism.

“The emphasis for the readings has always been on featuring the best established and emerging Barbadian writers,” says Sandiford. “We’ve also had input from primary schools and, in latter years, from artists from across the cultural platform. This is helping to push the environmental message out to a wider audience in a powerful way.”

Deane added, “Saturday’s event in Queen’s Park brought out our largest crowd to date and showcased a very high standard of environmentally-themed work. We look forward to hearing more inspiring performances and to seeing an even bigger turnout at Hastings this Saturday which coincides with World Oceans Day.”

The event is free and all are welcome.

Photos by RSTUDIO.

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