Gullah Geechee Cultural, Arts and Film Festival

Jorge Rivera of First Coast.TV had an opportunity to sit down with 2 producers Sherry Suttles, Executive Producer and Derek Boyd Hankerson, local minority Producer to discuss the the upcoming and first every Gullah Geechee (Mende) Film and Culture Festival.

The location cities for the film and culture festival is as follows: Miami, St. Augustine, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The dates are October 23, 29, 30, 31, and November 1, 2015. Free admission and/or donations welcomed.

With films of all genres, by veterans and independent producers, to include films from Sherry Suttles and Derek Hankerson with live performances, storytelling, and demonstrations of ancient arts and crafts such as basketmaking, blacksmithing, quilting, and ring shouting, coupled with traditional health remedy lessons and African dance and drumming.

For more information, please contact Sherry A. Suttles, Executive Producer, 954-668-1518; 2047; Ken Knight, GGG – Miami 305-305-2699; Derek Hankerson, Producer904-377-3465.

The Obelisks and the Artists Behind Them / Part IV

First Coast.TV went to Jacksonville to see four more obelisks, and meet the artists behind them. Once again they were remarkable, and so they told us what they were all about.

The Obelisks and the Artists Behind Them / Part II

First Coast.TV went to see some more obelisks in the Compassionate St Augustine Project. These obelisks (25) will eventually be put all around the City of St Augustine as part of the 450th celebration. The obelisks are still being worked on by the individual artists responsible for each of them. Each one of them are really wonders of art. In part II we talk to three more of these artists.

Obelisks and the Artists Behind Them / Part I

First Coast.TV went to see some of the obelisks in the Compassionate St Augustine Project. These obelisks (25) will eventually be put all around the City of St Augustine as part of the 450th celebration. The obelisks are still being worked on by the individual artists responsible for each of them. Each one of them are really wonders of art. In part I we talk to three of these artists.

4th of July St Augustine Style

St Augustine has its celebration of the 4th of July in its unique style. Thousands of people flooded the city, to enjoy the good weather, the food, the concerts and the grand finale the FIREWORKS over the Matanzas river. A true 4th of July for the oldest city in the USA.

“St Augustine Suite” by Piotr Szewczyk Astonishes In Its Beauty

The “St Augustine Suite” by Piotr Szewczyk was performed for the first time on June 27th, 2015, at the Cathedral Basilica in the City of St Augustine. The suite was commissioned by the festival to commemorate the 450th anniversary of St Augustine.

The large cathedral was packed to the point that many were turned away. It started with Mozart’s symphony no.41 and piano concerto no.22. Then came the gem of the evening, the St Augustine Suite by Piotr Szewczky. At the end of the suite the thunderous applause and roar of the crowd proved that a master piece had been performed. First Coast.TV was able to have a brief word with the festival’s musical director Jorge Peña about the suite.

St Augustine Music Festival Part 1

The Cathedral Basilica in St Augustine, FL, was packed for the Ninth Annual St Augustine Music Festival. The Music Festival and its musicians brought back to life the music of world famous master composers on a stage of almost perfect acoustics.

The Music Festival will continue this coming weekend of June25 – June 27 at 7:30pm with an all different program, ending with the world premier of Piotr Szewczyk’s St Augustine Suite, which was commissioned by the festival to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the City of St Augustine. This is a must not to be missed!

http://www.staugustinemusicfestival.org/

Sir Francis Drake’s Raid on St Augustine

On June 6, 2015 the City of St Augustine goes through a re-enactment of he raid of 1586. Here are some highlights, as the battle rages through the heart of the old city, ending at the Cathedral Basilica..

Jorge Peña and the St Augustine Musical Festival

First Coast.TV sat down with Jorge Peña and talked about the St Augustine Musical Festival coming up later this month.

The St. Augustine Music festival features musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions. Be sure to join us for the 2015 Ninth Annual St. Augustine Music Festival, scheduled again by popular request over two consecutive weekends, June 18-20 and June 25-27. It will be celebrating the 450th birthday of the City of St. Augustine with special concert programs, including the world-premiere of a composition commissioned in honor of this notable anniversary.

St Augustine Police Chief Talks 450th

Catherine Payne of First Coast.TV talked to St Augustine Police Chief Loran Lueders about the preparations for the 450th anniversary celebrations in the city of St Augustine.

The event will be five days long from Sept. 4th to Sept. 8th, so Catherine inquired about traffic, safety, access into the city, and other related issues.

http://staugustine-450.com/celebrate450/