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Sonia Boyce: Crop Over

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1 January – 31 December 2007

Crop Over is a Barbadian festival which evolved from the harvest festivals of England and West Africa. It is one of the Western world’s oldest festivals, dating back to the 1780s when plantation workers proclaimed the end of the sugar crop with feasting and dancing in the plantation yards.  The film, complemented by drawings, consisted of a sequence of performances by symbolic figures central to the festival, a series of interviews with historians and cultural critics, archival material relating to plantation life and festival revellers.