Mar 29, 2009

Calabash International Literary Festival Jamaica is Back on !

Calabash 2009 is back on! In a release issued this morning by the festival’s organizers it was announced that the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has reverted its decision and will fund the festival at the US$40,000 requested. So uncancel your reservations and mop up your tears, we’re heading to Treasure Beach this year.

Calabash won our hearts and when it was was threatened, when we realized just what we would lose if it did not materialize we armed ourselves with our shock, sorrow and outrage and it seems it made a difference.

Yet many of us realize that we too were culpable for Calabash’s stumble. It is free to us, it is freely given and because of that we must support it. If nothing else the great Calabashment Scare of 09 showed us that it is time for all Calabashers to put our money where our heart is.

By now the festival is ours, let’s keep it that way. I end with words from Kei Miller ”we’d continue in rounds saying let and let and let/ until even silent dreams had been allowed”. Let there be Calabash!

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