KingstOOn Gets Underway with Major Local and Int’l Animators

first_imgScores of creative industry players, policy makers, and students, as well as representatives of top international animation educational institutions and companies, turned out today (June 20) to participate in the much-anticipated two-day animation conference and film festival, KingstOOn.The conference and film festival, being held at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus, is designed to serve as a catalyst to the various efforts to develop the animation industry, and attract investors.Speaking at the opening session, Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said Jamaica will be seeking to establish partnerships with Sheridan College’s Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Canada and Columbus College of Art and Design in the United States, for the development of a local animation industry.He explained that KingstOOn aims to provide young Jamaicans with an opportunity to explore the animation industry as a quality professional development career.  Targeted are youths enrolled in colleges that have visual arts programmes, as well as high schools.“In addition, KingstOOn also wants to engage young people, who may be out of school, but willing to participate in relevant skills development progammes, especially in inner city areas,” he stated.The Investment Minister said the event is providing a platform for discussing and taking action to move animation operations to a highly organised and well structured industry.“This means opportunities for talent development, for all types of professional development, and opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation. I’m convinced that KingstOOn will demonstrate the vast potential of our youth to participate in the global digital marketplace,” he stated.Meanwhile, World Bank Director for Latin America, Ede Jorge Ijjazs Vasquez, noted that worldwide, animation is a $100 billion industry, and there is potential for some 5,000 jobs in the region.“Many of the jobs that Jamaica can have in the future, particularly jobs for young people, have to be in areas that may not be seen as traditional. In the 21st century, these are industries with tremendous growth, industries that can be translated and transplanted everywhere around the world, through communications,” he stated.Mr. Vasquez noted that countries such as India and Korea, which have provided outsourcing services for large studios such as Disney and Nickelodeon, can chart the way for Jamaica, as it goes forward in building its own animation industry.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montreal-based Toon Boom Animation, Joan Vogelesang, told the gathering that with the industry taking off in parts of Africa and India, the goal is to create a Caribbean cluster.She said the industry is financially rewarding. “If you go to a place like India where there was no industry 10 years ago, today the people in the animation industry earn more than electrical industry do – so it is also an industry which is well paying. The day of the starving artist is over,” she stated.Organised by the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO, KingstOOn seeks to chart the way forward for the country to develop a world class animation industry that will allow it to take advantage of the associated economic and social benefits.The conference and film exhibition aims to: raise awareness among key stakeholders, entrepreneurs and creators about the emerging opportunities in Jamaica; give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaicans and regional artists; identify key challenges in the industry, and examine feasible solutions, which will allow Jamaica to be a part of the global network for outsourcing and creative content.Among the sponsors are Flow, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), and the Gleaner group. Collaborating partners include the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTech), and the Edna Manley College.Today’s opening day included a lively panel discussion with participation from State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, local television production representatives, and players in the international animation arena, such as Ron Saks of Columbus College of Art and Design.The discussions highlighted and examined the contributions to be made by government, the education and private sectors in the development of the animation industry, as well as the plans that are being put in place to ensure that Jamaica benefits from the dynamic and growing global sector.The forum also explored the issue of the digital divide; the business of animation as it relates to production, distribution, and exploitation of intellectual property; developing a career as an animator; and the challenges facing local animators and production companies.CONTACT: ALPHEA SAUNDERSlast_img read more

Bulk Carrier Tanker Collide in Dover Strait

first_imgzoom A bulk carrier and an oil tanker collided in the Dover Strait in the early morning hours of June 1, according to the UK Coastguard.The officials informed that, although both vessels have been damaged, there was no water ingress and no pollution. A French tug was on scene with the vessels.Additionally, there were no injuries reported following the incident and all of the crew aboard the tanker Seafrontier and the bulk carrier Huayang Endeavour are accounted for. The tanker is loaded with 37,953mt of gasoline and has 27 people on board, while the bulker is in ballast and has 22 people on board.The UK Coastguard Channel Navigation Information Service has continued to work throughout the incident and was ensuring the safe passage of vessels through the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme. The coastguard continues to monitor the situation, while the MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage and an MCA surveyor have all been informed and are working to resolve the situation.Huayang Endeavour was on route to Lagos and Seafrontier was on route to Puerto Barrios, when they collided. The vessels have Chinese and Indian crews on board.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook “We’ve worked hard to put together a world class line-up and we are also extremely proud that over half of our talent is comprised of Canadian artists for fans to discover.  We like to be on the cutting edge of those up and coming artists; we know that today’s afternoon slot is tomorrow’s headliner, as we’ve seen with Chris Stapleton who played all four days as well as Sam Hunt (2014),” remarked Eva Dunford, co-founder of Boots and Hearts and Republic Live.Spanning over 4 days with more than 40 artists, 60 hours of live entertainment, and many other attractions – including a spectacular LED Ferris Wheel and a 100 foot swing ride – Boots & Hearts is the largest country and camping music festival in Canada, providing fans with the greatest value for a festival experience of its kind.“It’s extremely rare for a private festival producer to be the owner of a 600-acre parcel of land on which it plays – Republic Live is unique in that sense. It’s a pleasure to be a neighbour in this community and positively impact the local economy with the work that we do,” Dunford said.Tickets for the 2018 festival are on-sale now; visit for more information about artists, tickets, camping, and accommodations.The full Boots and Hearts 2018 line-up includes:Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Dallas Smith, Brett Young, Midland, LOCASH, James Barker Band, The Washboard Union, Lindsay Ell, Russell Dickerson, Blackjack Billy, Meghan Patrick, Walker Hayes, Madeline Merlo, Jason Blaine, Aaron Goodvin, River Town Saints, Kira Isabella, Bobby Wills, Maggie Rose, Runaway June, Chris Buck Band, Petric, Jimmie Allen, Sons of Daughters, Ryan Robinette, Devin Dawson, Natasha Zimbaro, Genevieve Fisher, Sacha, The Wheat Kings, Jade Eagleson, The Redhill Valleys, Cole Malone, Kelsi Mayne, and Emma Wright.About Republic LiveFounded in 2011, Republic Live is a privately-owned Canadian live entertainment company based in Toronto, Ontario. Republic Live takes pride in creating world-class, time of your life experiences. The company works with a multitude of partners on a variety of platforms to create unique experiences for fans, artists, industry partners and sponsors. Republic Live’s flagship event is Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Canada’s largest camping and country music festival held annually at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario.About Burl’s Creek Event GroundsBurl’s Creek is Canada’s largest outdoor event venue, with the capacity for more than 100,000 people and 45,000 campers. With over 600 acres of pristine grounds, VIP areas and a farmer’s market, Burl’s Creek is the perfect destination for everything from a major music festival to a wedding, fundraiser or sporting event. Located at 180 8th Line S in Oro Medonte, ON, the grounds are 1 hour from Toronto and a 15 minute drive north of Barrie. Burl’s Creek annually plays host to Boots and Hearts, Canada’s largest country and camping music festival, Barrie Automotive Flea Market, as well as many other unique events each year. For more information, please visit Boots and HeartsBoots and Hearts is an annual country and camping music festival event produced by Republic Live. Held at the custom designed camping and festival grounds at Burl’s Creek, the festival will take place August 9-12, 2018. This year’s festival headliners include Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, and Thomas Rhett, followed by Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young. Boots and Hearts is the recipient of the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Festival of the Year Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and Canadian Music Week 2015 Festival of the Year. All tickets and camping offerings are currently on sale at www.bootsandhearts.comInstagram: @bootsandheartsTwitter: @bootsandheartsFacebook: @BootsandHeartsHashtag: #Boots2018 Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2018 – Republic Live, producers of Boots and Hearts Music Festival, have released the full line-up for Canada’s largest camping and country music festival taking place from August 9-12 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario.The artists announced today include Midland, LOCASH, James Barker Band, The Washboard Union, Lindsay Ell, Russell Dickerson, Meghan Patrick, and Walker Hayes. They join previously announced headliners Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young.“Boots and Hearts has grown into a must-attend festival since its launch in 2012 and we’re thrilled to announce the rest of this year’s artists. Fans come to Burl’s Creek for more than great music – they come for the “Boots Life” that emerges when 40,000 people come together. It’s about a sense of belonging you feel while dancing and singing to your favourite songs with the friends you came with, and the ones you just made,” said Lisa Zechmeister, Director of Booking and Development, Republic Live. Advertisement Boots and Hearts 2018 Full Line-Up (CNW Group/Republic Live) Twitterlast_img read more