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Fall Festival

Garifuna Collective: Keeping Culture Alive

Live Event
November 5, 2022: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day (October 10), the Chandler Center for the Arts hosts a conversation with members of the internationally renowned Garifuna Collective. They’ll relate stories about their ancestors—including Joseph Chattoyer, who led the revolt against the British on St. Vincent in the 1700s—and the displacement of the Garifuna people to Honduras and Belize. The Garifuna language, music, and dance is recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The group will hold a conversation at 6pm that is free and open to the public. Afterwards, at 7pm there will be a ticketed performance. Purchase tickets to the 7pm event here:


About the Artist:

Three people sitting on a wooden platform, one on left playing a hand drum while the two on right singThe Garifuna Collective has performed in over 30 countries in 5 continents and have been part of the most celebrated Garifuna albums of all time, including the critically acclaimed Wátina, recipient of the Womex and BBC World Music Award and voted by Amazon as the Number One World Music Album of All Time.

They are a seasoned collective of musicians from across different generations, with a dynamic that comes from of playing and traveling the world together, sharing their music and stories with global audiences. Their performances spark the history and soul of Garifuna culture into vivid life. While their recordings dip into the massive well of Garifuna songs to create new compositions — some of the singers in the band know hundreds of songs!

The group has maintained its strength despite incredible adversity but the history of the Garifuna people is one of struggle. The Collective take their place in a long line of ancestors, maintaining and growing the Garifuna cultural identity, in a conversation between generations and traditions.

About the Fall Festival 2022

Join us in October during National Arts and Humanities Month for our Where We Land Fall Festival, a remix of our Annual Fall Conference. Attend in-person events in communities around Vermont or join hybrid events online. Many sessions will center around the themes of our Vermont Reads 2022 selection, The Most Costly Journey, a comics collection of stories told by migrant workers in Vermont.

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November 5, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Karen Dillon


Chandler Center for the Arts
71-73 N Main St
Randolph, VT 05060 United States
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