24 Oct At risk youth to benefit from animation
CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Twenty at-risk youth in Trinidad and Tobago will have an opportunity to learn animation in a one-day workshop at Youth Training Centre (YTC) in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday 25 October 2013.
The project is being spearheaded by the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with Animae Caribe with the aim of using animation and creativity to address crime and violence as well as safeguard cultural heritage. It is the third in a series of animation workshops for at-risk youth under the CARICOM Programme on Crime and Violence Prevention supported by USAID. Participants will be trained in the basics of animation and encouraged to tell their stories and use their creativity to empower themselves via this medium.
It is expected that participants will be given an opportunity to experience the real world of animation and digital media, by participating in the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival after the workshop. They will also have the opportunity to attend screenings of Caribbean animation films and learning from animators and other artists how to develop their own stories based on real Caribbean situations, personalities and symbols.
The animation workshops form part of “Animating the Caribbean” – A CARICOM – Animae Caribe regional initiative. The idea originated at the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival in October 2009 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Over the past years, the CARICOM Secretariat and Animae Caribe have collaborated on raising awareness about animation and digital media in the Region and promoting the use of animation in learning environments, public education and safeguarding cultural heritage.
The first two one-day workshops under the project were held in Suriname during CARIFESTA XI in August 2013 with approximately fifty youngsters benefiting from the training. The Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival will be held from 28 October to 1 November 2013 in Trinidad and Tobago.