Living Statues Festival returns in December

POSTED: 10/15/15 3:40 PM


Lady JusticewwwLady Justice, a living statue from a previous festival. Photo contributed

St. Maarten – The Living Statues Festival will return to St. Maarten on December 18, 19 and 20, Loekie Morales, founder of the Caribbean Living Statues Festival announced in a press release.

The Beyond Kultura Foundation organizes the event – a ‘moderate version” of earlier festivals. The event is possible due to sponsorship from TelEm, Gebe, the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund, the Dutch Representative in Philipsburg and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports.

Beyond Kultura partners with the World Statues Foundation, the National Institute of Arts and co-founding member Arlene Halley.

In October and November Beyond Kultura will host information sessions about how to become a living statue, followed by an intensive 5-day workshop for participants from December 13 to 18.

“It was a long road towards getting some finances secured, and to finally take the decision to let the festival go through” Morales stated in the press release. “This time we will be doing it with a reduced budget, compared to the two earlier editions. Participants are asked to pay a fee to help cover the costs.”

The festival centers on three themes. The first one is celebrating local visual artists, whereby the work of local artists will be represented as statues or tableaux. The second theme celebrates five years of autonomy and the third one celebrates fantasy. The latter category depicts famous cartoon characters and fairy tale figures.

Beyond Kultura says that participation is open to all from the age of 8 and up. “I have been a living statue and I can surely advice you to jump into this wonderful experience,” Morales stated. “We will coach and guide participants.”

For information call Beyond Kultura at 527 12 23, or visit Arlene Halley at the National Institute of Arts in the John Larmonie Center. The registration fee is $60 for adults aged 21 and up and $45 for younger participants.

Registration opens at the National Institute of Arts on Thursday and closes on November 6.

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