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Nov 11, 2021

Global Speaker Series – Oonya Kempadoo

TAG is happy to introduce its new online speaker series, Rethinking Playfulness! Join us in listening to perspectives on game design, playfulness and storytelling!

Our first guest speaker is Oonya Kempadoo, a multidisciplinary artist, activist, researcher, and educator. Oonya will come talk to us about her journey on November 11, 2021 at 10am EST on Zoom. (Please RSVP for event link)


Speaker: Oonya Kempadoo

A talk about my creative journey and the worlds I inhabit, pass through and navigate. From Guyana, South America to Amsterdam, Europe, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada to Montreal, I will discuss my training and work from Carnival arts to literature to multimedia. What I learn from these different worlds, and the combination of them, processes, and what this seems to mean as a ‘first world’ artist now, is what I would like to share and discuss. Currently I am developing a narrative-based immersive and human-performance production, set in the Caribbean Sea basin.” – Oonya Kempadoo

DATE Thursday, November 11th – 10am EST
LENGTH 45 mins + 15 mins live Q&A

Oonya Kempadoo is a citizen of Guyana, Grenada and England and currently resides in Montreal. With study in fine art and a 10 year ‘apprenticeship’ with international artistic director and carnival designer, Peter Minshall (collaborator with Jean-Michel Jarre), Oonya trained in prototype making, graphic design and illustration, from Trinidad to Olympic opening ceremonies for Barcelona and Atlanta. She tried writing as a project in 1997 and her first novel, Buxton Spice, was bid for by top UK publishers, long listed for the Orange Prize and translated into six languages. Her second novel Tide Running, which won a Casa De Las Americas 2002 prize, was also well received on both sides of the Atlantic and Oonya was named a “Great Talent for the 21st Century” by the Orange Prize judges. Her latest novel, All Decent Animals, was listed on Oprah Winfrey’s summer reads. Oonya was awarded a US Fulbright Scholarship for the development of her current work in progress Naniki – a speculative fiction, multimedia, eco-social project, and she was awarded professional membership of PEN America, in recognition for her contribution to literature. Co-founder of the Grenada Community Library, Oonya can be considered a creative practitioner and activist and works as a consultant, a researcher and educator, with an interest in cross-disciplinary dialogue.

The event is made possible with the support of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University