Jamaican singer JC Lodge. (Courtesy of Braata Productions)

Braata Productions, an organization dedicated to showcasing Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists and culture, will present the Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Jamaican and Trinidad and Tobago’s independence.

This festival will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the lawn of the York Performing Arts Center at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica.

The word “bankra” refers to a large woven basket made of materials from the Caribbean islands, and is usually carried or used to display colorful products. These interwoven materials relate to the fusion of Caribbean cultures that takes place during this festival.

The Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival offers attractions that everyone can enjoy, with stalls, island baskets, cultural performances and a pop-up cultural exhibition. There will be traditional folk music and dancing from the Braata Folk Singers, JC Lodge (Jamaica), Marva Newton (Trinidad and Tobago) and the Carnyval Dancers (Trinidad and Tobago).

There is also a gourmet pavilion with authentic cuisine from different islands. Additionally, there will be activities such as drumming circles and a game area where attendees can play traditional Caribbean games.

The event is free, but donations are accepted at braataproductions.org/bankra2022. RSVP for the event at betterunite.com.

Bankra Caribbean Culture Festival in Jamaica
Courtesy of Braata Productions