The Tribal Luminart Festival is the brainchild of 35 students of the Producing Culture class at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus. Guided by their lecturer, Mr. Alpha Obika, the students worked together to create an event that would display a youthful celebration of culture, fashion, art and music.
The event took place Mona’s Hockey Field in St Andrew on Saturday April 8, 2017. It featured guest DJs, Jai and Khalid from Trinidad, performances by Prime Time and Avante, and a fashion show featuring Kittana Smith and Celia Williams. Ending the night with a bang was DJ Heavy D who had the crowd raving.
In an interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, fund raising director of Tribal, Lauren Campbell explained that “Tribal was created to highlight how millennials enjoy art in the 21st century, and to make a donation to an organization that embraces creativity and culture- Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN),”
Executive Director of JAYECAN, Mr. Abrahim Simmonds, praised this initiative as ” a ground breaking move to revolutionize art, culture and indigenous fashion among young people in Jamaica and the region.” He added that “JAYECAN is truly honoured to have been selected as the recipient of the proceeds and the sum will be used to enhance our work in cultural preservation and practices among young people.”