The Caribbean Literary Festival has been in the making for a few years and it was certainly wonderful to see if come to fruition on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Books, popcorn, peanuts, cookies, pizza, coffee, and water took up their respective places, while some formidable volunteers made sure that everything was in spectacular shape. Attendance at the festival did not reflect the “likes” garnered on Social Media, where it was advertised extensively, but despite the low turn out, it was a powerful gathering.
It is the shared belief of all in attendance, that next year’s festival will be bigger and better. The hope is that the Caribbean population, especial those in Los aAngeles, will come out to support a festival that aims to create an environment that celebrates the spirit and cultural heritage of the Caribbean and its people, bring an awareness to the literary contributions of Caribbean authors, and facilitate a healthy discussions on cultural awareness, cultural diversity, cultural tolerance, and cultural understanding and acceptance.
Next year’s festival is slated to take place in June, Caribbean Heritage Month. Access the website, www.califest.org to keep up on what’s happening.