If you are looking for something to do this weekend in Toronto, why not check out the FREE Carnival Symposium being held at the Royal Ontario Museum.  The keynote speaker is Brian Mac Farlane.

You can also enjoy their exhibition “Carnival: From Emancipation to Celebration” until Feb 24, 2013.

Per the ROM:

Interested in the historical and creative facets of the Caribbean Carnival, a cultural celebration of global proportions? We’re got a FREE Carnival Symposium next weekend, February 23rd & 24th. More info here: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/activities-programs/events-calendar/carnival-symposium-day-1


Carnival Symposium Day 1

Exploring the Cultural Identity of Mas

Free. Included with Museum Admission. RSVP required.

The symposium will explore some of the historical and creative facets of the Caribbean Carnival, a cultural celebration of global proportions that takes up new relevance and meaning in the various contexts where it manifests itself.
Denise Herrera Jackson, Chief Executive Officer at Festival Management Committee will MC the symposium.
10:00 AM – Doors Open
10:30 AM – Start
10:45 AM – Lyndon Phillip – So Why a Carnival, Here and Abroad?
11:10 AM – Gena Chang Campbell – We Playing Mas? Power and Identity in Carnival
11:35 AM – Caldwell Taylor – Carnival: The Colours of Our Inner Lives
12:00 PM – Amanda Carlson – Calabar Carnival: A Trinidadian Tradition in Africa
12:45 PM – Break
2:00 PM – Osei Brand – Home for Carnival: The Adoption and Evolution of Carnival
2:25 PM – Andil Gosine – Rum and Roti: A Satchel for Carnival
3:15 PM – Christopher Pinheiro – Ancestral Spirits: Stilt Dancing Moko Jumbies
3:50 PM – Keynote speaker Brian Mac Farlane

Carnival Symposium Day 2

The Insatiable Season – film screening

Free. Included with Museum Admission. RSVP required.

Day 2 of the Carnival Symposium

  • Screening of  the documentary The Insatiable Season
  • Followed by a discussion with Mas Man Brian Mac Farlane.

For four months of every year, a camp of people in Trinidad and Tobago converges for the ritual of making carnival.  Their time together is intense, vivid and exhausting.  When the insatiable season comes to an end, art will have been made, worn and discarded… until the season comes again.

The Insatiable Season focuses on famed Mas Man Brian Mac Farlane’s intense carnival workshop to prepare the designs for the 2006 Mas band.

Directed by Mariel Brown.

Trinidad-Carnival-Symposium-the insatiable season


For more information:

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