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Urban Heartbeat has pulsed through Port-of-Spain.
On Thursday, March 29th, the Eastern wall of the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah transformed into a work of art after this event. The Local Foreigner figured it is better late than never to highlight this unique collaboration between Abovegroup Ogilvy and the Germany Embassy introducing “Urban Heartbeat– an artistic encounter in public spaces”. Initiated by the Goethe Institut in Mexico City, the movement toured Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean from February through March, making Trinidad their last stop.
After hositng a local Urban Heartbeat contest, the winners came together to create a vibrant mural showcasing the dynamic and diverse creativity on this island.
Walking into the Savannah, the vibe was right and the music was pumping. Here was an opportunity to see the somewhat esoteric art scene in Trinidad. Luckily, we had a moment to snag a brief chat with Holger Beier, head of the Berlin Pop label Bungalow Records, one of the core movers and shakers of Urban Heartbeat. Beier, also a DJ, was bright-eyed and cool. So cool that he even allowed us to come between himself and doubles. We could tell he was loving every bite! Can we blame him? Beier was thrilled witht the turnout in Port-of-Spain and it’s super central location and even said that the urban street party in the Grand Stand was the biggest so far. Props to the Trinis for making this event a success.
The event was free and open to the public, providing a very relaxed and memorable atomsphere. Guests mingled with local artists and were entertained by a local capoeira group in the early part of the evening. Before switching to the full on party element of Urban Heartbeat, Jim Avignon, German artist and key collaborator, gave a spirited, masked performance. From that point forward, the DJs took stage and it was time to enjoy a full night of art, music and great company.
It was refreshing to see the art scene alive and well in Trinidad. The Local Foreigner will be keeping our eyes peeled for future events much like this one!
Congratulations to the winning artists of Urban Heartbeat 2012:
Rauel Vaquez La Roche
Marie Elena Joseph
Luis Vasquez La Roche
Jennifer Perez Rojas