2012 LINE UP

26 May 2012 by Anancy Festival, No Comments »

Four cities. Four events. One great day celebrating Anancy!
This year’s Anancy Festival will take place in both Pembroke Pines, Kingston, Orlando and Washington DC. See below for info on both locations.

Ft. Lauderdale

June 9th, 2pm-6pm
Southwest Broward Regional Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Admission: Free

  • Live simulcast from the Anancy Festival in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Storytelling by Geoffrey Philp and Father Easton Lee
  • Dance performance and workshop by Afua Hall
  • Musical performance by the Jamaica Folk Revue
  • Anancy books and other Caribbean books on sale



June 9, 2pm-6pm
St. Andrew Parish Library, 2 Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston 3
Admission: Free

  • Live simulcast from the Anancy Festival in Pembroke Pines, Florida
  • Anancy storytelling by Amina Blackwood Meeks, Adziko Simba and Kellie Magnus
  • Short films on Anancy by Laura Tanna, Lukkee Chong, and Rachel Moss
  • Exhibit on Jamaican spiders from the Natural History Division of the Institute of Jamaica
  • Exhibit of Anancy illustrations by young Jamaican artists: Rachel Moss, Roxanne Richardson, Andre McLean and Nick Shelton
  • Anancy face-painting, arts and crafts and spider snacks
  • Anancy books and other Caribbean children’s books on sale

Orlando, Florida:

June 9th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Princess Theater
15 W. First St. Sanford, FL 32771
Door Prize: $100 Gift Certificate
Admission”FREE to children under the age of 2yrs, Children over 2yrs up to 18yrs is $3 and Adults $5
College students with Student ID will be $3 (Pay at the Door))

Washington, DC
June 9th, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
MLK Library
901 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Admission: Free



Pembroke Pines

Ananse Animation Project

Adrian Allen: adrian@steadyimage.net

Vivienne Chance vivienne@steadyimage.net

Lukkee Chong: lukkee@framebyframejm.tv

The Ananse Animation Project is a joint partnership between Steadyimage Multimedia, Inc. and Frame by Frame Productions, Inc., namely, the principals, Adrian Allen, Vivienne Chance and Lukkee Chong. The project’s objective is to entertain and to assist with the re-socialization of the Afro Caribbean Diaspora through animated cartoons. These cartoons are developed to attract an audience through stories with a moral, while acquainting the viewer with their ancestry, culture, and history. Lukkee Chong was one of the directors of the well-known Jamaican TV show, “Ring Ding,” starring Jamaican folklorist, Louise Bennett (Miss Lou). Lukkee Chong made a personal promise to Miss Lou that he would do what it took to make sure Ananse lived on! Adrian Allen and Vivienne Chance of Steadyimage Multimedia provided the animators and writers who helped make the project a reality. It is the project’s ambition to use Ananse’s persona to both entertain and teach the differences between right and wrong and to promote Afro Caribbean heritage.





Cherry Three


Cherry Three is delighted to participate in this years’ Anancy Festival and to showcase the work of Afua Hall, Asha Darbeau, Melinda Desire and Katherine Alvarado. Movement is Cherry Three’s primary medium of communication, occasionally along with the aid of music, theater, the spoken word and the visual arts. The movement vocabulary is based largely on contemporary modern dance with West African, European, and Caribbean influences. The company was founded to connect cultures and people with disparate and shared stories—both literal and abstract. Manifestations of this commitment include producing workshops in Jamaican folk dance and Afro-Caribbean dance with Mr. Barry Moncrieffe of the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica in New York in 2004, and in presenting dance performances for foundations and corporations such as Colgate-Palmolive and American Friends of Jamaica. Future plans include producing a not-for-profit, summer dance workshop for the children of Negril, Jamaica. Cherry Three is rooted in its commitment to service and excellence.



Father Easton Lee, C.D.


Born at Wait-a-bit village in Jamaica to a Chinese father and a Jamaican mother of mixed racial background, Lee spent his early years in a village shop. He attended primary and secondary school in Jamaica then attended the University of the West Indies. He went on to study radio broadcasting at BBC in London, theatre and television broadcasting in California, where he practiced and taught theatre and broadcasting. He is the recipient of several Jamaican awards, including: the Commander of the Order of Distinction (C.D.); the Silver Musgrave Medal awarded by the Institute of Jamaica, and the Prime Minister’s award for excellence. Lee has published numerous books, including Heritage Call: Ballad for Children of the Dragon, From Behind the Counter, Encounters: Poems from a Chinese-Jamaican Experience, and Run Big ‘fraid… and Other Village Stories. He studied theology at the United Theological College and is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church. You may contact Lee about purchasing any of his books that are not available at major booksellers.


Geoffrey Philp


Geoffrey Philp is a poet, novelist, and playwright. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and attended Mona Primary and Jamaica College, where he studied literature under the tutelage of Dennis Scott. When he left Jamaica in 1979, he went to Miami Dade College, and after graduating, studied Caribbean, African and African-American literature with Dr. O.R. Dathorne and creative writing with Lester Goran, Evelyn Wilde Mayerson, and Isaac Bashevis Singer at the University of Miami. Since then, he has participated in workshops taught by Derek Walcott , Edward Albee, and Israeli playwright, Matti Meged. As a James Michener Fellow at the University of Miami, he studied poetry under Kamau Brathwaite and fiction with George Lamming. Philp’s reviews, articles, poems and short stories have appeared in Small Axe, Asili, The Caribbean Writer, Gulf Stream, Florida in Poetry: A History of the Imagination, Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poetry, Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. His latest children’s e-book, Marcus and the Amazons, was published in June 2011.

Jamaica Folk Revue


The Jamaica Folk Revue was founded in 1975. The group was initially known as the “Singing Group”: the cultural arm of the Jamaica Association of Florida. When the organization became defunct in 1978, the group stayed together and continued as the Jamaica Folk Revue. According to Ms. Norma Darby, leader of the group, the Revue was started to showcase Jamaica’s culture. In the early 1970’s the Jamaica Association of Florida participated in the Miami International Folk Festival, which was a major annual event held at the Bayfront Auditorium (now Bayside) in Miami. There were Jewish, Hispanic and other cultural groups displaying their food, songs and dances, but there was no representation of Jamaica’s culture. It was then that Darby’s “love affair” with Jamaica began in earnest. She made intense studies of the works of Jamaican folklorists and historians, including Mervyn Alleyne, Martha Beckwith, Walter Jekyll , Prof.Rex Nettleford ,Edward Seaga, Philip Sherlock, and the late great Louise Bennett (Miss Lou) to learn more about the island’s culture. Darby especially acknowledges the influential work of Miss Lou, Olive Lewin, and Marjorie Whylie for helping shape her vision of The Folk Revue.


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