Pitzer prepares for 11th annual Reggae Festival

By Elizabeth Lee '16 Staff Writer

Next weekend marks Pitzer College’s 11th Annual Reggae Music and Arts Festival, a celebration of the reggae music, culture, and artistic community originally developed in 1960s Jamaica.

This year’s festival runs from 1:00 p.m. on Nov. 17 to 1:00 a.m. the next night, giving students and community members ample opportunity to come experience the reggae festivities.

Music performances in the early to late evening will feature Mykal Rose, the Reggae Angels, We the People, Full Wattz, and Cultural Soul. In addition to musical performances the festival will include free interactive workshops during the afternoon.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in capoeira, yoga, and drumming, as well as observe live art showings. And as a particularly enticing incentive for our often-ravenous college students, there will be vendors providing free food from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“This festival prides itself on being free and open to the public,” says Pitzer junior Miranda Gonzales-Brown. “We hope to reach out to our surrounding community and invite them to be a part of our campus culture.” One of the first juniors to head the committee responsible for bringing Reggae Festival to the Claremont community, Gonzales-Brown adds, “It’s a lot of responsibility, but I’m happy to be able to be a part of the movement to bring reggae to campus…I’m most excited to see how everyone’s contributions come together. The committee has been working tirelessly to make the logistical aspects come together, but it will be the workshops, light structures, vendors, Shakedown food, and amazing artists that will make this a truly spectacular event.”

This year’s festival is sponsored by Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd Colleges, as well as Claremont Graduate University, the Campus Life Committee, EcoCenter, BSU, and FemCo. More information can be found about this event on its public Facebook page “Pitzer College’s 11th Annual Reggae Music and Arts Festival.”