7 July 2016
The programme was initiated in 2007 as a space in which to discuss and debate various aspects of reggae’s rich past, its complex present, and its unknown future, together with artists at the festival, who bring their first-hand experience and knowledge to share with the public, and our additional academic and journalistic guests, who help tease out the broader context that is often hidden behind the music and the lyrics of reggae in all its forms.
Looking back at the evolution of our programme, from the early days in Italy, we have seen the Reggae University become stronger and better defined with each passing year.
After the festival established itself in Spain extended its program with exhibitions, film screenings under the title Film Festival, seminars on the style of Rastafarian life, or ACR Meetings, by the homonymous National Association of reggae. All of which led to the Reggae University becoming a catalyst capable of generating similar forums in Europe and even in Jamaica.
This year we are particularly pleased to welcome back Professor Carolyn Cooper of the University of the West Indies, a prominent academic and cultural theorist whose pioneering work in the field was among the first to make reggae and dancehall an area of academic study. And her colleague, Dr Dennis Howard of the Media Technology Institute, will be joining us for the very first time, to share his views on the field of music promotion, complimented by his work in the academic and policy fields.