The 10th staging of the annual Calabash International Literary Festival happened last year in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, and was supposed to be the very last one, as the organisers took steps to end it due to a lack of funding and support. As a result of this, there was no 2011 Calabash Festival, although there was a Treasure Beach Bread Basket event organised as a replacement.
There’s good news for fans of the Calabash Festival however, as it seems the event is set to make a return for Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2012. According to Jason Henzell, who operates Jake’s Treasure Beach and chairs the St. Elizabeth Parish Development Committee, the Calabash International Literary Festival will return to its original dates in May, and the Bread Basket event will also be held some time next year as well.
The Calabash International Literary Festival was established as a not-for-profit festival offering free admission that was manned by volunteers, and has been credited for transforming literary arts in the Caribbean. It is widely acknowledged that this event has provided a platform for domestic and international writers and performers since its first staging in 2001.
More about the 2012 Calabash International Literary Festival soon.