The Red Earth Eco-Arts Festival is partnering with the Blanchisseuse community to present Red Earth...Running Water-2 a series of environmental activities and arts events, from 20 – 22 May 2011, along the Marianne River in Blanchisseuse.
Blanchisseuse, a scenic fishing village on the North Coast of Trinidad, is graced with an abundance of water, from its rugged coastline, to its waterfalls, rivers and streams—much of it under threat from human activity. The Red Earth Festival’s 2011 theme of running water, has been selected to focus attention on the pollution and destruction of the nation’s rivers, streams and coastlines due to indiscriminate dumping of garbage, illegal land development, the discharging of untreated waste into the sea and rivers and unsound agricultural practices. The Festival hopes to target river-limers and sea-bathers who continue to leave behind scores of plastic cups, plates, bottles, disposable diapers and other waste.
The Blanchisseuse community is particularly affected by the pollution of its beaches and rivers, as many rely on the tourist trade for an income. According to villagers, their way of life and their income is being threatened by local visitors who leave their garbage behind. They cite, as an example, the tons of garbage the fishermen clear from Paria Bay after long weekends.
The Red Earth Festival aims to encourage environmental awareness through the arts and other activities including: beach clean ups, turtle watching, stargazing, nature tours, clay workshops, poetry and music performances.
The Red Earth Festival appreciates the support of Flow, the Tourism Development Company, Ministry of Community Development, Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, Guardian Holdings Ltd, Creative Ideas Limited, Classic Bakes Bakery, ABEL/Bescrete and Radio 103FM.