Join the first Caribbean UNESCO ResiliArt-Transcultura debate on 21 May!

UNESCO Havana and Kingston Offices invite you to join the first Caribbean UNESCO ResiliArt-Transcultura debate on 21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

We would like to capture the voices of resilience from artists and cultural professionals from the region in the context of the impact of COVID-19. The virtual session will take place in English, from 2 pm- 4 pm (Havana time).

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ResiliArt is a global movement consisting of a series of virtual debates with key industry professionals and artists – both renowned and unknown – that raises awareness of the far-reaching impact of the current confinement measures on the culture sector. It aims to support the Member States in the development of policies and financial mechanisms that can help creative individuals and communities overcome the current crisis.

The first ResiliArt debate was launched by UNESCO in partnership with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) on 15 April 2020, World Art Day. Since then more than 25 debates have taken place worldwide. See them at

The inaugural debate in the Caribbean will be moderated by the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Katherine Muller-Marin. We have invited prominent panelists who will answer tailored questions while engaging in a dialogue with the audience:


•    Yosvany Terry, saxophonist, chekere virtuoso, and a visionary composer who masterfully melds the traditional sounds of his native Cuba. Senior Lecturer and Director of Jazz Ensembles in the Department of Music at Harvard University.
•    Joël Widmaier, talented percussionist, founder in 2007 of the Haiti Jazz Foundation, President of Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival.
•    Julia Castillo, renowned plastic Artist, Director of the Perelló Cultural Center in Dominican Republic.
•    Seretse Small, famous composer & Guitarist, Founder, and Director of Avant Academy of Music in Jamaica.
•    Andre Wood Vine, jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator from Barbados. For over 35 years, André’s music has taken him to stages across the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.
•    Barbara Cadet, talented musician, vocalist, arranger and composer from Saint Lucia. Producer and musical arranger of the group, Sisterhood.
•    Dennis de Caires, a renowned painter from Guyana. He blends the influences of Europe and his Caribbean roots in colorful compositions and has a special interest in Tertiary Art Education in the Caribbean.
•    Jason Lindsay, cultural promoter and managing director of Full Circle Animation Studio.
•    Eme Alfonso, is one of the leading voices of the music scene in Cuba. She was part of this emblematic band “Síntesis” pioneers mixing Afro-Cuban music with rock and jazz
•    Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, is a Cultural Development Strategist dealing with Social Innovation &Transformation. She is the founder of the South-South and VP for Advocacy for Women Entrepreneurs Network in the Caribbean.