CATAPULT | Lockdown Virtual Salon

The CATAPULT Lockdown Virtual Salon programme aims to mitigate isolation, especially heightened during the current pandemic, by creating virtual platforms for cultural practitioners to engage in discourse about and explore their evolving practices. These one-hour artist talks from their homes or studios will be live-streamed via the Fresh Milk YouTube channel at 1PM and 4PM AST, every Tuesday and Friday between September 29th & November 20th, 2020.

Each cultural practitioner will be paired with a co-discussant for an open conversation about their work. A live audience will be able to comment and ask questions during the event, which will be open to the public with a focus on reaching a wide cross-section of the English, Spanish, French and Dutch speaking Caribbean arts community, as well as those civil society organisations who are working in the target areas of culture, gender, LGBTQIA+, human rights and climate justice.

Read the CATAPULT Lockdown Virtual Salon Jury Report here, and click on the videos below to watch each conversation about the creatives’ work!


CATAPULT LVS 1 & 2 – Tuesday, Sept 29


About Co-discussant: Dr. Yanique Hume (Barbados)

Dr. Yanique Hume is a multifaceted scholar, priestess, dancer and choreographer with extensive research expertise and specialization across the Americas and the African Diaspora. Operating from the disciplines of cultural anthropology, cultural studies, and performance studies. Dr. Hume’s research experience and teaching areas include: religious and performance cultures of the African diaspora, Caribbean cultural thought, popular culture, migration and diasporic identities. As a multilingual researcher, her fieldwork experience in the sacred arts and African diaspora performance expressions are centered in the Caribbean and Latin America, especially Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, Brazil and Colombia. In applied research, her work has focused on the creative industries and cultural policy; migration and tourism; museological production and management.

About CATAPULT Awardee: Jonathan van Arneman (Sint Maarten)

Jonathan van Arneman (AJ) is a dancer, choreographer, and musician from Soualiga (the indigenous name for St Martin, meaning land of salt). He is the 2019 recipient of the Momentum New Dance Works grant for emerging choreographers in Minneapolis and is the current Artist in Residence at the National Institute of Arts (NIA) in Soualiga. His training includes Yorchha, Haitian Dance, West African dance forms, Modern, Caribbean Social and Traditional Dances, and Capoeira. His current project, entitled Atlantis Rebirth, is both a nod to the defiant history of black peoples in the Caribbean as well as an imagination of a post-colonial Caribbean utopia.

IG: @aymagoh

About CATAPULT Awardee: Sonja Dumas (Trinidad & Tobago)

Sonja Dumas is a multi-hyphenate arts practitioner and theorist, specializing in Caribbean culture and working in the areas of arts consultancy, performance, choreography, teaching, filmmaking and writing.  She is a co-founder and co-director of COCO Dance Festival, the largest contemporary dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean, as well as the founder and artistic director of her own dance company, Continuum Dance Project. An award-winning filmmaker, Sonja has written, directed and produced several films that speak to the Caribbean experience. She recently established Zum-Zum Museum, an interactive children’s museum highlighting various aspects of Caribbean heritage.

IG: @sonjadumas