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Monday, October 01, 2007

Thank You: We Lived the Pledge

The Greenlight Network banner, advertises the LIVE THE PLEDGE concert at the south gate of the University of the West Indies. The logo of major sponsor, IADB, is proudly emblazoned in the lower left corner, with the Greenlight logo on the top left. Partnering for progress!
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Thank you to every artiste who performed at Greenlight Network's environmental concert 2007: LIVE THE PLEDGE, held at the JFK Auditorium, UWI on Saturday September 29th. After getting off to a slightly late start, the show progressed steadily, featuring memorable performances of orginal music by a diverse line-up of performers.
Sheldon Manoo of Broken Mirroz renders "Detrimental", an environmental electro-rapso hit, featured on the Greenlight Network compilation CD: Nature of Sound.
(Photos: E. Duncan)
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Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and attended the show. We trust you enjoyed what was offered and had a great time. It would have been wonderful to see the seats of the hall filled to capacity with people pushing to get in even if it meant they had to stand ... but ... we'll save that thrill for next time! This year was more 'intimate'.
Don't Panic, fronted by heartthrob Winston Frederick, thrilled the audience with an acoustic set.
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Thank you to those who sold tickets, put up flyers, helped to set up on the day, manned and womanned the door, sold CDs/tickets/water/soft drinks/doubles, kept us secure (UWI security), MC'd (Mike Ross), operated the sound system, lighting, videotaped the performance and beautified the stage with recycled, festive decor.
Vashtie Dookiesingh, IADB representative, delivers a moving speech on behalf of that organisation. An IADB Cultural Development grant went a long way to making this concert possible.
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Thank you to:
(i) Our wonderful sponsors: IADB (Inter-American Development Bank), Petals & Stuff, Ryan Air, Brown & Partners Design Co. Ltd., Andes Printery.
(ii) Speakers at the concert: Vashtie Dookiesingh (IADB), Marcia Tinto, EMA), Troy Hadeed (Mystic Hemp), Terscha Singh (from Greenlight Network)!

The mermerizing tabla player of the earthy fusion band, Terranessence, immerses himself in the moment.
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And last, but not least, we thank The Great Spirit, without whom none of us and none of this would have been possible.
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P.S. So many photos were taken by so many people. As soon as we have sorted them out, we will post to the site. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tickets are ready!


Tickets for Greenlight Network's Environmental Concert 2007: LIVE THE PLEDGE have been printed and are now physically available! We will soon be placing tickets at select locations (to be announced) ... but for now, you can call 645-0157 and arrange to pick yours up from Greenlight's headquarters - 21 Lyndon Street, Curepe.

We strongly advise you to do this, since people have already been calling and booking blocks of tickets. You want to be sure that you and your friends get yours!

Artistes, the same goes for you. No doubt your family, friends and fans want to come and give support. Make sure they secure their tickets in time.

At $40 and for a very good cause (future GLN environmental awareness-raising projects) you can't go wrong!

Please pass this message on.

Thanks!
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THE DETAILS

LIVE THE PLEDGE
When? Saturday 29 September 2007
Where? JFK Theatre, UWI, St. Augustine
What time? 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Admission? $40
All proceeds will be injected back into Greenlight's creative environmental awareness-raising projects!

This event is a 6 hour music and multimedia marathon. Bring the family and come! Enjoy, be enlightened, shake a leg or two!

Performers:
5 O'Clock Shadow
Anti Everything
Brother Resistance
Don't Panic
Elspeth Duncan
Glenford Bhagat
John Pollard
Jointpop
Malik
Mark Ng Wai
Broken Mirroz
Ozy Majic

Rahil Babooram
Tie Dye Kitty

Two surprise guest artistes!

Videos!

And more!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Green goes big screen: I SPY Environmental documentaries at Movie Towne/TTIFF

One of the young filmmakers (I SPY Things in My Garden) looks at the LCD screen of the camera.
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The website for the TIFF (Trinidad & Tobago International Film Festival) is up. Check out the listings and write down dates in your dairy. There are lots of interesting films to take in.

Make time to check out the I SPY environmental documentaries which were filmed by varied groups of children age 7 - 10 ( (under the guidance of Elspeth Duncan (see blurb)). Fresh perspectives and new voices speaking on behalf of Nature. Even though the series was filmed by children, the important and interesting points they bring up (and they ways in which they deliver) are for all ages!

Links to further I SPY-related details on the TTIFF website:
1. I SPY synopsis

2. The calendar on the home page tells you which episode of I SPY is showing when (from 19th September onwards). They have been slotted into the 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. slots, daily (primarily for young viewers - but of course older ones are welcome :).

C & B there!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Get your tickets while they're hot!

Ticket design: Brown & Partners
Printer: Andes Printery

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Tickets for the Greenlight Network Environmental Concert 2007: LIVE THE PLEDGE will be available for public purchase from the first week in September! No doubt they will be going fast, as we have already received requests for bookings. Make sure to secure your tickets now! Call Greenlight Network's headquarters: 645-0157 or e-mail us at greenlightnetwork (at) gmail (dot) com!


LIVE THE PLEDGE
When? Saturday 29 September 2007
Where? JFK Theatre, UWI, St. Augustine
What time? 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Admission? $40
All proceeds will be injected back into Greenlight's creative environmental awareness-raising projects!

This event is a 6 hour music and multimedia marathon. Bring the family and come! Enjoy, be enlightened, shake a leg or two!

Performers:
5 O'Clock Shadow
Anti Everything
Brother Resistance
Don't Panic
Elspeth Duncan
Glenford Bhagat
John Pollard
Jointpop
Malik
Mark Ng Wai
Broken Mirroz
Ozy Majic

Rahil Babooram
Tie Dye Kitty

Two surprise guest artistes!

Videos!

And more!!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

LIVE THE PLEDGE concert ... an update



In order to keep the LIVE THE PLEDGE environmental concert to a tidy six hours (2 - 8 p.m.), we will be running a tight show on 29th September.


Each artiste will have 15 minutes on stage.

12 minutes for music and 3 minutes for talking about:

1. How we are living the pledge

2. Introduction of songs and anything else he/she/they may want to say


The programme will be posted for public viewing in early in September. Artistes are asked to organize schedules in order tobe available for the allotted time.


Printed tickets will be availabe from early September. Please state how many tickets you will require - to sell to your family, friends and fans. Only 400 tickets will be printed, so make sure to get yours early! Admission is $40 and all proceeds go to Greenlight Network's environmental awareness-raising projects ... like this concert!


Each ticket gives the bearer:

1. The opportunity to win an exciting hamper

2. 10% off any item at Mystic Hemp

3. The experience of an amazing environmental concert


We look forward to hearing from you -artistes and the public - with any questions or suggestions concerning LIVE THE PLEDGE: Greenlight Network's Environmental Concert 2007!

Monday, August 13, 2007

LIVE THE PLEDGE

Mitch from Greenlight Network walks by with a large piece of garbage from Sunday's beach clean up at Balandra ... organised by Mystic Hemp.
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Dear Greenlights,

Here is a recap of certain elements discussed at our meeting last Friday (to discuss the upcoming Greenlight Network environmental concert).

1. First we wish to thank those who were in attendance and gave fantastic contributions to our discussions:
- Glenford Bhagat (solo artise; founding member Greenlight Network)
- Elspeth Duncan (solo artise; founding member Greenlight Network)
- Troy Hadeed (owner of Mystic Hemp)
- Navid Lancaster (from the band Broken Mirroz)
- Mark Ng Wai (solo artiste)
- Mike Ross (musician, Radio DJ: 95.1FM)
- Anil Maharaj (from the band 5 O'Clock Shadow) 6207251
- Justin (friend of Mark Ng Wai)
- Malik

... and last but not least, the Spirit of Mother Nature who guides us in our actions.

2. It was decided that the name of the concert is to be LIVE THE PLEDGE.
The reason for this was inspired by a book available from Troy Hadeed entitled The Globl Warming Survival Handbook. Each artiste performing at the concert is being asked to start living an action that will contribute toward them reducing their negative impact upon the earth. E.g. carry your own reusable bag to the grocery instead of using their plastic bags; change the bulbs in your house to more energy efficient ones; if you drive a car, pledge to take public transport at least one day a week; collect your plastic bottles and take them to the recycling place (R.I.M.) ... and so on. These simple but effective measures add up to give the earth an ease-up. By the time the concert comes around, each artiste will be able to stand in front of the audience and speak from experience about what he or she has been doing to 'live the pledge'. Those in the audience who respect you and love listening to your music will most likely also want to follow your example(s) and start living the pledge in their own way.

Troy Hadeed will be providing an e-copy of a flyer he is distributing, containing examples of things we can do. Stay tuned ... and make your pledge!

As artistes living the pledge, we hope to encourage members of the public (our screaming fans) to do the same ... and more!

3. We discussed the creation of radio advertising for the concert. Each ad will feature an artiste saying his/her name, saying something about his/her pledge or about the environment in general ... after which information about the concert will be given.

4. There were discussions as to whether the concert could be held outdoors, rather than indoors. While all of us are in favour of an outdoor concert, it was decided that we would leave this for next year when we have more funding to enable that reality. For this year, 2007, we will have a blow-mind indoor concert.

There is still a lot of groundwork to be done. Those interested in assisting, please make contact. Call Glen at Greenlight's Headquarters: 645-0157.

Let us come together to make this a powerful show.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Merging our forces for a successful concert

Dear Greenlights,

Get ready for 6 hours of musical environmental excitement and awareness ... carded for Saturday 29th September at the JFK, UWI campus. Greenlight Network will be staging Nature of Sound 2 ... The Concert. This larger version of the concert held at TTW in April 2007 will feature all sixteen artistes from the Nature of Sound CD, as well as guest artistes and selected environmental speakers. This promises to be a one of a kind environmental extravaganza.

A meeting specifically geared toward planning of the concert will be held on Thursday July 19th, 2007 at Greenlight's Headquarters: 21 Lyndon Street, Curepe from 6 p.m. on the dot.

The planning of this event will be smooth and efficient with the merging of many forces. Any Greenlight members who can commit to any of the following are asked to be present and are thanked in advance for their invaluable contribution:
1. Marketing of the concert and the CD (includes developing advertising ideas, artwork, press releases)
2. Liasing with the artistes to ensure that everyone is aware of times, requirements, etc.
3. Locating sponsors and selling them the opportunity to be a part of the venture
4. Designing backdrop and decor for the night
5. Organising sound and lights
6. Sourcing respected environmental speakers to give short (5 min max), impacting environmental messages. Liaising with these speakers to ensure smooth delivery.
7. Liaising with the media - ensuring effective press coverage and organizing radio and television interviews

... and more, to be discussed at the meeting.


Please call Glen at 645-0157 to confirm attendance and give us an idea of your area of interest. We look forward to your involvement!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Thank you for the good vibrations

Thanks to those who attended Greenlight's In Time for You vibrational meditational event on Saturday 30th June. Your presence added to the very special vibes of the evening.

For those of you who could not make it:
Upon entering the room, each person selected a shell from a red mailbox at the door. These shells symbolised vessels which would be filled by the positive vibes of the evening.

The evening began with Natasha Holder giving a short talk on affirmations. She then gave us a few moments of silence to think about what we want in life and form an affirmation to claim this desire. This was followed by the passing around of Elspeth's Tibetan singing bowl. As each person received the bowl, he or she mentally placed his/her affirmation into the bowl and passed it along to the next person. After this, those in attendance lay down on their yoga mats and closed their eyes, relaxing as Elspeth played the Tibetan singing bowl. Its vibrating, ringing tones emanated the energy of everyone's affirmations throughout the room for about 15 minutes. Gradually, the sound of waves and whale calls filled the room, bringing yet another vibration into the space of the relaxed and receptive bodies. As the sound of the waves and whales faded, the singing bowl vibrated one final time with a harmonious, single tone - as if everyone's affirmations had come together as one powerful force. The evening ended with each of us giving and receiving shells with the understanding that the more we give, the more we receive ... and that sometimes, even when we have nothing in our hands, it does not mean we are 'poor'. In fact, there were times when we each had 'no shells' ... and yet we felt extremely full after our vibrational experience.

The remaining shells were offered back to the sea at the close of evening.

Thanks again to those who were present. We look forward to sharing future events with you (and others)!

Greenlights

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Friday, June 22, 2007

In Time for You




IN TIME FOR YOU

A meditational vibrational experience.

Date: Saturday 30 June
Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Venue: The Centre for the Arts, 1 DeVerteuil Street, Woodbrook (625-2843)

Bring a yoga mat or thick towel.

Admission: Free

This intimate event is a part of Greenlight Network's (resumed) once-a-month interactive happenings. It is open to anyone who wants to come. All we ask is that you be either early or on time ... (not Trini time)!

Open your mind and come for a new experience.

For more information, please call:
Elspeth - 786-2539
Glen - 789-0786

Friday, June 08, 2007

What are you waiting for?!

Adopt me!


Name: Purrson
Age: Approximately 10 weeks old
Current address: Vinmer Vet Clinic, Pole Carew Street, Woodbrook (but dreaming of sharing a home with a loving person or people)
Contct: Call Vinmer Clinic at 622-2773 for more information, a visit and hopefully to adopt him!

Please pass this information on to your mailing lists. You never know who will make it Purrson's lucky day! Might even be you ...

Please visit the website of Animal Welfare Network for more information on work they are doing for local animals ... and to get involved if it is in your nature.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Greetings from Toronto

Hello fellow Greenlights. I am in Toronto now ... and every time I see something environmentally conscious (i.e. everywhere) I wonder when TT will be on that kind of wavelength. That's why Greenlight is here, right?

On Friday there is an outdoor screening of Al Gore's documentary (An Inconvenient Truth). Last night there was a showing of it and discussions and talks afterward. These kinds of events are simple ... but held frequently enough, they can get people talking about what really matters.

Below, two photos I took while walking down the road this morning. This is something we can look at. Not necessarily as 'advertising' ... but public street art that remains up for a long period of time and delivers vital messages.


Bye.

Elspeth.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Capturing nature...

We welcome three new friends of Greenlight Network, photographers who are doing their part to raise awareness of the importance of preserving nature.


Kai Leigh is only eighteen years old and is already on her way to becoming a world class photographer. The natural environment of Trinidad and Tobago often serves as her inspiration. We wish her luck in the secondary schools category of the BP photography competition.
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Navin, who considers himself an amateur photographer, will soon be exhibiting his work at the United Nations building in Port of Spain. A more detailed index of his work can be found at http://www.parray.com
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Jonathan has always been an avid photographer who has recently been experimenting with underwater photography. His work is currently on display at the United Nations building in Port of Spain. Anyone who is interested in attending the exhibition can contact Greenlight Network for more information.
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Friday, April 27, 2007

Guardian newspaper reviews Greenlight Network Concert


Newcomers Tie Dye Kitty came out with a bang, performing a strong lyrical song Ask the Dust. Photos: Angelo Marcelle

BY MARSHA MOKOOL

The Greenlight Network staged an environmental concert featuring a diverse range of artistes on Saturday to coincide with World Earth Day.

Global warming also seemed to be the unplanned theme behind the Nature of Sound Concert held at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, Woodbrook.

The air-conditioning unit broke down once again, producing an actual global warming effect in the jam-packed indoor venue.

The concert, a compilation of environmentally and socially-conscious music, was the launchpad for the long-awaited environmental CD —Greenlight Network Vol 1—featuring an eclectic mix of 16 musicians and original artwork covers by local artists.

Mark Ng Wai, a talented 18-year-old reggae artiste and guitarist opened the show just after 6 pm, with an environmental song he wrote for the CD called Supreme Creator.

He was followed by punk rock band Anti-Everything, who stirred the audience with an exhilarating song from the CD entitled The Way We Live Our Lives, protesting against injustice, corruption and racism.

Don’t Panic also sang a song about racial unity, while a screen behind the stage projected images of people holding placards with Fix T&T, Fix Crime, and Every Creed & Race Find an Equal Place.

Founding member of the Greenlight Foundation Elspeth Duncan noted, “I am hearing a lot of songs about standing up for a cause and not being oppressed by those in power.

“We must allow our creative spirit to emerge, instead of our destructive spirit.

“We all have a heart and we all care or else we would not have been here. Everybody can make a little drop in the bucket,” said Duncan.

She said that the Foundation would be hosting an environmental concert on an annual basis.

Tie Dye Kitty, one of the newest pop/rock bands in T&T consisting of vocalist/keyboards Richard Hall from Orange Sky, guitarist/vocalist Sean Young Wing formerly of Smith Tuttle, bassist Arron Ramkelawan of Opium Mystic and drummer Triston Khan of Anti Everything, used this concert to make its premier appearance.

Coming out with a bang and a bunch of high octane adrenaline rush lyrics, they left a lasting impression on the audience.

Hall, who made jokes about osmosis evaporation as he wiped the sweat from his brow, sang a song he wrote for the environmentally conscious CD called Ask the Dust, which addressed the potential extinction of the plant.

Rahil Babooram came on next with a satirical composition about animal rights, drawing applause and laughter from the audience with such lyrics:

“Why must the animals bleed... don’t they realise one day it will be the other way around... and the animals will take you to town.”

He was followed by rock band 5 o’Clock Shadow which performed another track from the CD called Mother Nature’s Warning.

Mike Ross (of 95.1FM) and his two guitarists roused the audience with impressive vocals and lively, rhythmic tunes such as The Cleansing, awakening people about environmental pollution.

Jointpop, another local rock band, ended off the night with Who Shot Paradise, a catchy tune containing a strong environmental message which could also be heard on the CD, and The Water Supreme, a crowd favourite.

The limited edition CD, which also features Brother Resistence, Elspeth Duncan, Sheldon Manoo, Glenford Bhagat, Malik, John Pollard, Namid Lancaster and Ozymajiq, will be offered for sale at a cost of $100 at venues to be advertised.

For more information, please call

645-0016, 758-7915 or 786-0789

Monday, April 23, 2007

Nature of Sound concert a sell out success

Last night's Greenlight Network concert, Nature of Sound, held at Trinidad Theatre Workshop in Belmont, was a sell-out success. Members of the audience were wowed by thought-provoking, environmentally inspired performances by some of the musicians featured on the long awaited compilation CD ... Greenlight Network Vol. 1: The Nature of Sound

Below are a few photos from the event.

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The special first edition of the CD, on display in the concert venue's lobby. Each CD had a unique cover created by a local artiste. Most of these CDs were sold on the night, but some are still available for those who wish to own a collector's item. Contact Glen at 645-0157 to make your purchase, or e-mail Greenlight at the address provided in the sidebar.
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Opening act, Mark Ng Wai, honours The Supreme Creator
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Brian Khan of Anti Everything moved the crowd with an acoustic rendition of "The Way We Live our Lives"
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Glenford Bhagat courageously made his solo debut with two 60's style renditions
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Don't Panic didn't panic. They simply gave a performance which won rave reviews from those in attendance.
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Tie Dye Kitty was hot ... in more ways than one. Global warming?
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Sir Rahil Babooram was a powerful voice for animal rights.
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Anil (lead singer of 5 O'Clock Shadow) gives us "Mother Nature's Warning"
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Special guest, Mike Ross, had the crowd clapping and singing along to "The Cleansing".
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Jointpop asked the important question: "Who Shot Paradise?"

(Photos: Elspeth Duncan)

The Nature of Sound concert was merely an appetizer. Stay tuned for the larger concert to come ... Woodstock style, featuring all of the performers on the CD ... and more.

Thank you to all who invested their time and energy to make our first environmental concert a resounding success. May we all continue to play our role in bringing healing and consciousness to our inner and outer environments.

All proceeds from ticket and CD sales benefit future Greenlight Network creative environmental projects.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Nature of Sound: The Concert

Spread the word! There's never been a concert like this ...


For ticket information please call Shivonne at 758-7915.

Above is the flyer for Greenlight Network's upcoming concert on Earth DaySunday 22 April 2007. This concert, Nature of Sound, will be the launchpad for the long awaited environmental CD: Greenlight Network, Volume 1 ... featuring an eclectic mix of local musicians (both solo and group):

5 O'Clock Shadow
Anti Everything
Brother Resistance
Don't Panic
Elspeth Duncan
Glenford Bhagat
John Pollard
Jointpop
Malik
Mark and Joey Ng Wai
Navid Lancaster
Ozy Majic
Rahil Babooram
Sheldon Manoo
Tie Dye Kitty

At the Nature of Sound concert we will be selling 50 special first edition Greenlight Network CDs, each sporting a unique CD cover with original artwork created by different local artists.


Seating for 60 only, so buy your tickets now!
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All proceeds benefit environmental projects.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Inviting artists to create an original CD cover

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Artists ... join us as we bring the Greenlight Network CD project into full bloom.

The CD Project
This project is a CD (Greenlight Network Vol. 1) containing original musical contributions by 16 members of the Greenlight Network. Our aim is to sell 500 of these CDs (in the first instance) to raise money for Greenlight’s creative environmental projects.
Original Artwork Needed
We are asking for original artwork to be created (and donated to the cause) by artists/artistic individuals (for the first 50 CD covers). 50 pre-cut CD covers (heavy card) are available for this. Each completed CD cover will be a collector's item which the purchaser of the CD may want to frame. These ‘50 CDs with original artwork covers’ will be sold at a special price to raise money to duplicate the 500 CDs (first run) and print the actual covers for those CDs.
INTERESTED? Get your (blank) CD canvas cover and get started now!
Unique. Innovtive. Thought provoking environmentally conscious artwork. If you or any other artist you know would like to create at least one special edition CD cover, please let us know as soon as possible via e-mail (see link in right hand sidebar). The blank CD cover ‘canvas’ can be collected in the East at Greenlight's Headquarters: 21 Lyndon Street, Curepe. Please call Glen at 789-0786 for directions.

GUIDELINES
1. Theme: the cover should reflect ‘Environmental Concsciousness’ (whatever that term means to you/however you interpret it visually). Remember, this canvas is a mini billboard for vital and conscious messages ... and a potentially frameable work of art.
2. Cover must be handmade/hand done
3. Artwork must be flat, not raised (remember it is slipping into a CD jewel case)
4. Cover should have your visual artwork only (no text). The reverse side should have a simple environmental statement from your heart and your signature as the artist.

Please submit on or before Saturday 31st March to Glen @ 21 Lyndon Street, Curepe (789-0786) or contact Shivonne at 758-7915 to arrange drop off to her in Port-of-Spain.
Pass this link on to an artist!
Thank you!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Please Stand

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We as citizens of T & T are constantly being called upon to stand up and make a strong statement that we have had enough. None of us are in favour of the atrocities that are destroying our country.

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