Monday, June 24, 2013

Diplomats get CiTTyscape tour


Diplomats get CiTTyscape tour

 
 
Author/educator in Caribbean literature, culture and heritage Dr Kris Rampersad, left, musician Katy Gainham and wife of the Ambassador of Chile, Anke Kessler discuss LiTTscapes–Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago.
Author/educator in Caribbean literature, culture and heritage Dr Kris Rampersad, left, musician Katy Gainham and wife of the Ambassador of Chile, Anke Kessler discuss LiTTscapes–Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago.
While Charlie King Junction in Fyzabad South Trinidad was reliving the labour struggles of the early 20th century that preceded Independence, ambassadors, diplomats, their spouses and other enthusiasts enjoyed a stimulating CiTTyscape LiTTour—Journey Through the Landscapes of Fiction of Trinidad—Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago by Kris Rampersad.

The tour, which began at the Lady Young Road, circumvented through Barataria, the Beetham, Port-of-Spain and the Queen’s Park Savannah to give a rare glimpse of the island and its capital through the eyes of fiction writers and fictional characters.

The group explored the city landscapes, mindscapes, institutions, festivals, and the island’s history, politics, economy, culture and society from the perspectives of a range of writers and thinkers from as early as 1595 to present day.

The tour covered a range of fictional vision and works of writers as Samuel Selvon, Lawrence Scott, CLR James, Alfred Mendes, Michael Anthony, James Isaiah Boodhoo, Earl Lovelace, VS Naipaul, Derek Walcott, Ismith Khan, Lakshmi Persaud-Seetaram and many of the some 60 writers and more than 100 works represented in LiTTscapes.

Among those who participated were Excellencies, Ambassador of Japan Yoshimasa Tezuka and Mrs Tezuka; Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Wonkun Hwang and Mrs Kumdan Hwang; Jan Karlsson spouse of the ambassador of the Netherlands; Anke Kessler, spouse of the ambassador of Chile; members of Alliance Francais, musicians Katy Gainham and Eleanor Ryan; Ben Gilbert, son of the security adviser to the UN Department of Safety and Security for this region; artist Wendy Nanan and Alliance Francais’ Marie and Frank Abdullah.

The tour was facilitated by author and educator in Caribbean literature, culture and heritage, Dr Kris Rampersad in conjunction with the Public Transport Service Corporation Know Your Country Tours.

Custommade LiTTours by request on any theme, subject, author or district through e-mail lolleaves@gmail.com . For details see www.kris-rampersad.blogspot.com.