Before there was pretty Mas’ there was Old Mas’ and The UWI St. Augustine is doing its part to keep the tradition alive with its annual Old Yard heritage fair and other traditional carnival showings. A highly anticipated staple on the annual UWI Carnival calendar, the Old Yard, will take place on January 31 from 12 noon until 6pm. Hosted by the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) at its Agostini Street, St. Augustine, Gayelle – an actual yard with architecture reminiscent of years past, the event promises a dynamic experience highlighting cultural history and featuring a carnival masquerade show.
The Old Yard is strategically designed to be a true educational experience and its 2016 edition will feature a ‘Mas Camp Corner’. This will give children the opportunity to create their own costumes and participate in the jump-up. Patrons will also witness portrayals of traditional Carnival characters including Bats, Minstrels and Burrokeets, Midnight Robber and Dame Lorraine. Tickets for the Old Yard event cost $50 for adults and $30 for children.
Another bid at educating the public on traditional carnival, The UWI’s Alma Jordan Library presents an exhibition by artist Anthony Goberdhan titled ‘Portraits of Traditional Carnival Characters’. The collection of sixteen paintings is available for viewing from January 26 to February 5, 10am to 6pm. The artist will be present at the exhibition from 4 to 6pm daily.