The 2023 Artwalk Festival celebrates ‘Youth In Arts’ to spotlight the creativity and talent of young people in Jamaica.
Headlining the festival on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at Water Lane and Church Street in downtown Kingston, is young musician Yeza, who hails from Bull Bay, St Thomas.
Yeza embodies a modern-day “reggae roots empress” and is dubbed by many because the “Lyrical Lioness” and “Rebel Empress”, resulting from her effortless melodies, strong stage presence and flexibility.
She has collaborated with several noteworthy artistes and producers, amongst them Sizzla Kalonji, Bobby Digital, Rory Stone Love, Monkey Marc, Blvk Hero, Turbulence, Tuff Like Iron, and Sarangetti Music.
The Artwalk Festival is organised by Kingston Creative, a non-profit organisation that goals to make use of arts and culture to rework downtown Kingston. It’s supported by partners Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), Most important Events, F&B Downtown and Catherine’s Peak.
The event includes a number of diverse activities, including music, literature, visual arts, and provides a platform for young artists to showcase their work and connect with other artists and industry professionals.
The day starts off at 10:00 am with a free arts-themed kid’s scavenger hunt and is followed by book readings from kid’s authors Richard Nattoo and Kamille Jackson. A fashion show by Michelle Gordon’s Island Child Style, live performances by roots rock reggae singer Yeza, an art exhibition by visual artist Suzanna Missenbeger, and more make up the slate of activities.
The festival also has something for the ‘spirited’ set. At 1:00 pm there will likely be the launch of White Rum and Coconut Water, in addition to a new book of prose and poetry by Dr Natalie Corthesy.
The book launch will feature readings by the enduring Fae Ellington and Fabian Thomas and takes place inside chic bistro F&B Downtown.
Creative patrons also can enroll for the open mic segment hosted by DJ Fenix.
Tours of the murals, National Gallery of Jamaica, and the Institute of Jamaica’s National Museum will even be available.
The festival guarantees to feature performances by a few of Jamaica’s most talented young artistes and artisans to spotlight the range and richness of Jamaican culture in National Youth Month.
It’s free and open to the general public.