Impression BookIsh Plaza @ Arubadag

27 03 2013

Photo Impression Genootschap Ned Aruba 2012

2013 Arubadag, last Sunday, was once again a fascinating happening. It’s the day Arubans celebrate their Flag and National Anthem with music, singing, dancing, the Aruban cuisine and literature.
And being of born and bred proud Arubans, of course we couldn’t miss this one out. Naturally we were there also spreading the passion for literature like we always do.

BookIsh Plaza had a bookstand with Aruban authors’ books and books by other Caribbean authors, from children’s books, to history books, novels and poetry.  It was nice conversing with our readers and amazing to see people interested in literature from the islands.

Our published author Quito Nicolaas was there to sign his work and to speak to his fan base.

We had a great time and are looking forward for next year.

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Photo Impression BookIsh Plaza @ Festival di Dande

8 01 2012

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By eneryvibes

The Meet & Greet at the Festival di Dande in Rotterdam was a success. BookIsh Plaza was present spreading the reading vibe and people were interested in our broad assortment of books. It was a great evening with nice performances and an awesome gaita group of singers.

The festival by the way is a cultural festivity we Arubians celebrate coming the New Year. The tradition goes that the days before New Year, groups of musicians will go from house to house in the neigbourhood to give all fine wishes to their fellow men by singing: ‘Oh Dande nos a yega na bo porta, Ay Nobe’ [We come to bring you good tidings in the New Year, Happy New Year]. They will sing for all the members of the houshold. They’ll pass a hat around so you can give them a tip, they eat and drink, then go on their way. This will go on the whole day till late at night. I still remember as a child they came to my grandmother’s house. That’s the first time I ever had the pleasure to meet an authentic Dande group.
In Aruba this custom has grown with the years and you’ll find Dande groups everywhere wishing you very best wishes. Check out my post on the eneryvibes blog of one of them HERE.
Abroad naturally we don’t hit the road so these festivals are organised in a venue and the best singer is selected.

book fans

the banner right in the goal

one of the Dande singers

chatting with booklovers

our Aruban authors collection

 

the Gaita group bringing the season ambiance

Searching for the right book & finding it

finally the winner, Rey di Dande 2011, courtesy of Photo Indio