Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Calypso Exhibition opens Thursday


The National Museum and Art Gallery in collaboration with TUCO and the Carnival Institute will present ‘SANS HUMANITÉ’, a calypso exhibition in celebration of Calypso History Month 2009. This event will be launched on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the National Museum located at 117, Frederick Street, Port of Spain. The exhibition will continue for eight months.

These institutions have partnered to embark on this necessary project of safeguarding and preserving one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most important forms of intangible cultural heritage, Calypso.

Calypso music has a long history and tradition that many writers and researchers have tried to define and trace. However, like most traditional cultural expressions, myth, reality and a host of other elements and arguments surrounding its origin, have led to the conclusion that the artform of Calypso can never be summed up in just one story.

From the calypsonian himself to the aficionados, spectators and researchers, there are many who have, over the years, gathered and guarded a wealth of information pertaining to the history of Calypso.

The development of this exhibit is part of the larger long term plan of the Museum to redesign and modernize all of its exhibition spaces. Members of the public are welcome to the launch and are encouraged to join the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs in celebrating Calypso History Month.

For further information please call the National Museum and Art Gallery at 623-5941 or 624-6477.
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