On Saturday, April 21, 2018, SBCS’ Centre for Media, Communication and Design (Trincity campus) hosted a Creative Engagement event featuring the Caribbean Fashion and Arts Feature Festival (CFAFF) in collaboration with the Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT).
Discussions were spearheaded by Kevon Foderingham, Founder and Executive Director (CFAFF), Dr. Alicia Martin, Director and Education Coordinator (CFAFF) and Giselle Mendez, Founder and Chief Volunteer (VCTT); who provided professional insight into the countless opportunities that can be accessed via their respective networks.
In outlining the body of work undergone and currently being implemented, presenters discussed ongoing programmes such as the Community Arts Outreach efforts and other initiatives geared towards the use of creative skills that can effect social change. Here, participants were introduced to key creative opportunities like the Artist Residency programme, access to exhibitions and workshops, and professional/social opportunities for internships, volunteerism, and potential employment.
In October 2018 CFAFF will host their upcoming Street Art Festival in Arima, which will feature a range of creative work from local and international practitioners.
Caribbean Fashion & Arts Feature Festival (CFAFF), a non-profit organization, incorporated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with the mission to merge fashion, film and art through public film screenings, lectures, exhibitions, fashion shows, concerts and festivals for the general public. With a strong interest in youth development, the organization is mandated to host workshops, mentorship initiatives, educational sessions and seminars related to film-making, fashion and arts for young people aged 15-25, primarily in East Trinidad, interested in careers in the creative sector to assist with skill building, support internship opportunities and build job experience.
With two successful editions of CFAFF, our annual flagship fashion film and arts festival under our belt and international recognition in the form of a wonderful feature in Vogue Italia http://www.vogue.it/en/news/vogue-arts/2016/11/23/caribbeanfashion-and-arts-feature-festival/ we feel the time is right to now parlay this success into efforts focused on our youth in art and social good mandates.