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CCI’s Entertainment Production division is a great way to deliver the message using oral tradition of the Caribbean with an entertaining impact. Our feature production is the Caribbeana Comedy Festival that brings top notch artists from the Caribbean.
Caribbeana Comedy Festival
Started 1988, our Comedy Festival not long after the inception of the local DC Caribbean Carnival, on the historical campus of Howard University. The concept originated with a Trinidadian colleague of Von, Paul Keens Douglas, a former producer of Talk Tents Comedy Festivals in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. Pitching the concept and opportunity to CCI to provide Caribbean culture to the Washington Metropolitan area, Douglas began orchestrating this oral tradition as a testament to Von’s cultural roots beyond the island borders of the Caribbean.
Since the festival’s inception, it has been funded through person in-house donations from CCI staff and community support through sales of its program magazine and ticket salesBecause WPFW FM is only volunteer-based, the the Caribbean Comedy Festival is the only source of CCI’s independent fundraising.
Potential investors or sponsors can contact Von Martin by calling (301) 459-1775.
Past Caribbeana Comedy Festivals
CCI Speakers Bureau
Initiated in 2009, this series of lectures presented by high profile Caribbean nationals and those of the Diaspora engages audiences to be educated. The lectures include intellectual, entertaining, and stimulating discussions provided by some of the greatest communicators of our time. This cluster of individuals includes world leaders, statesmen, journalists, authors and other celebrated individuals. The Speakers Bureau is also a means for demonstrating the viability of Caribbean populations globally. SB provides information and insight with regards to the true value of Caribbean communities, especially in America. The Speakers Bureau also serves as a platform for building opportunities for doing business or trade with the Caribbean. CCI often implements this programming with Universities or affiliated community based organizations.
Caribbeana Jazz Waves
The Caribbeana Jazz Waves (CJW) is an event that will feature artists that will showcase jazz and Caribbean heritage and rhythms . It is designed as a symbol of the authenticity of the celebration of life and culture and features a diverse selection of artists.