ROYAL ADDITION TO THE SEASON OF EMANCIPATION: 3rd Annual I-Queen Royal Sunday set for August 14th 2011 on the Frank Collymore Hall Terrace, from 10am to 5pm

Barbadian families are invited to attend a free day of African, Barbadian and Rastafari cultural expression, in celebration of contemporary Barbadian Rastafari women.

I-Queen Royal Sunday is an annual outdoor cultural market and festival held in the style of a summertime free concert in the city. It features entertainment in the form live drumming, spoken-word, singing performances, and DJ music.

I-Queen Royal Sunday will also showcase the very best in vegetarian cuisine, natural wines and juices, art, copper and coconut jewelry, leather craft, basketry, Afro-centric literature, fashion, lifestyle and natural beauty products.

(CLICK FOR BIGGER) I-Queen Royal Sunday is the cultural festival aspect of the I-Queen Project created by photographer Rachelle Gray in 2009 with the opening of her photography exhibition I-Queen - An Anthology of Portraits of Contemporary Barbadian Rastafari Women held in the foyer of Frank Collymore Hall. The exhibition highlighted Rastafari presence in Barbados as conveyed by its women. The hosting of Royal Sunday created an opportunity for the public to meet the photographer and ‘I-Queen’s’ in an environment that promoted their skills and talents. The exhibition and the hosting of a second installment of Royal Sunday was repeated a year later, August 2010. This time the photography exhibition was open to the public for one day, Royal Sunday, and again was complemented by the talents of the I-Queen’s. This year the exhibition takes a hiatus as Royal Sunday continues to grow. Rachelle is currently photographing other Barbadian Rastafari women while producing Royal Sunday, and developing the other aspects of I-Queen Project. The I-Queen project seeks to enrich Barbadian society by giving voice to grassroots entities in the arts and culture industry.

Royal Sunday seeks to acknowledge Rastafari contributions to our spiritual and cultural landscape, to promote the business and talents of Rastafari women, families and community and the intrinsic value they bring to the Barbadian cultural landscape.

Each year, on the Second Sunday in August, in the intimate open-air setting of the Frank Collymore Hall Terrace extending onto the Cathedral Court Yard, Royal Sunday is held in recognition and celebration of the Season of Emancipation.

I-Queen Royal Sunday is Music. Art. Food. Fashion & Free-Up Vibes for the entire family. So bring your Drums and Come!

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