GREEN READINGS is an annual eco-literary event that ArtsEtc began in 2008 after a request from the Ministry of the Environment, which was seeking fresh ways to promote its public message.
The themed readings typically featured six Barbadian writers over two weekends in June (Environment Month) at outdoor locations. The 2013 Green Readings, pictured here, was staged at Queen’s Park in Bridgetown and on the Boardwalk in Hastings, Christ Curch.
A special edition of Green Readings was held June 25, 2016, under totally agreeable skies on the steps of the Barbados Arts Council in Pelican Village on the outskirts of Bridgetown. Held as part of Barbados' 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations, GR16's dual themes were "Living Sustainably" and "Barbados, 50 Forward."
ArtsEtc hopes to resume the popular annual gatherings after its recent hiatus, during which it has been involved in staging the Bim Literary Festival.
A component of the Readings was to invite not only literary artists but to engage creatives across the spectrum—and that included photogrpahers and videographers. Each year, a different one would be invited to capture the event for us in his or her own way—to tell a green story through their lens. Terris Scott was GR16 official photographer while Russell Watson of RSTUDIO did the honours for GR13. The videographer for GR12 was filmmaker Esther Jones. Watch her vid above or click here.
You can also check here for background on ArtsEtc’s Green Readings and to learn more about the groundbreaking accompanying publication Green Readings, Barbados: The First Five Years [2008-2012] (AE Books 2012).