Gathering academics, artists, producers, authors and general audience
Since 2007, the Reggae University is a key pillar of the Rototom Sunsplash cultural program. Well known reggae journalists, writers, academics as well as practitioners and performing artists get together in a series of meetings to reason about, to discuss and to analyze important aspects and moments of reggae music and culture.
Sessions focus on the past, present and future of reggae to explore the evolution of the music, as well as its global nature as one of the most influential contemporary musical styles which is grounded in a rich cultural heritage. The University sessions deal with various topics ranging from the diverse musical repertoire, lyrical content, emancipatory, social and political aspects, spiritual depth as well as the musics manifestation in film and print.
The collective in charge to chair the sessions is formed by David Katz, biographer of Lee “Scratch” Perry, author of “Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae”, creative consultant to various reggae labels; Ellen Koehlings and Pete Lilly, editors of the German Riddim Magazine; Pier Tosi, Italian journalist who runs a radio-show that is a benchmark for the Italian reggae massive.
In addition to the Reggae University, the program offers other cultural events and activities like:
- FILM FEST daily screenings featuringof World, European and Spanish premiers
- ACR MEETINGS, a series of meetings and workshops featuring artists and music activists from Spanish-speaking countries proposed by Asociación Cultural Reggae (Spain).
- RASTA SEMINARS chaired by the collective of the House Of Rastafari, also featuring Nyabinghi chants, a collections of literary works in Amharic, Ethiopian arts and handcraft, and fundraising activities to support solidarity projects in Ethiopia …..
- EXHIBITIONS of photography and art