Aiko Roudette is a filmmaker of Trinidadian, Dominican and British ancestry. Born in the UK, her family moved to St. Vincent when she was 2 years old. It wouldn't be long before she started to recognize the existence of great suffering in the world around her. Film became a way to address the questions she had about the world. In 2013 she won a scholarship to study film in New York where she would stay for 9 years, first achieving her Bachelors in Film Production and then a Masters in Media Studies. While in New York she donated her filmmaking skills to various social rights groups advocating for global workers rights, justice for black lives, and the liberation of Palestine. Her work has been screened globally in St. Kitts and Nevis, Canada, Poland, New York, Berlin, United Kingdom and Trinidad, among others.
Roudette considers the role of the creative sectors to be crucial to social development. In 2018 along with a group of young Vincentian creatives, she founded the Hairouna Film Festival, a free annual film festival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Now the Director of the film festival, she also works as a freelance film editor, camera operator and director.@aikoroudette
Olivia Stephens is a visual artist from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who decided she would build a life around her passion for the creative arts at age 14. She began her formal training as a fine artist in 2009 while attending the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College. In 2013 she attained an associate degree in Fine Art, Design and Cultural Communications. She returned to the College for the third time in 2017 as the sculpture lecturer for the FADCC program.
Over the last 10 years, she has participated in several community-based initiatives focused on increasing environmental awareness and cultural heritage preservation. She completed several murals around St. Vincent with the Contemporary Young Artists' Movement, most notably the Our Living Heritage mural in 2013. In 2018 she participated in the One Drop in the Ocean project - an independent initiative led by Vincentian artists to transform marine debris into art from August 2017 to March 2018.
Throughout her journey, Olivia has continued to work as a freelance artist. She has been exploring the realms of graphic design and its applications in her creative practice. She is also a lover of all things soca, salsa and steel pan.@oliviadesignsthis
Head of Development
Beth Gallagher is a current Trustee and former Chairman of SV2G - a charity raising awareness of African Caribbean heritage and culture through creative cultural connections. She has been involved with the charity for over 15 years since learning the steel pans, going on to study the instrument at the University of the West Indies.
Professionally, Beth cut her teeth working for the owner of Ealing Film Studios and from there moved into hospitality development, managing the delivery of Chiltern Firehouse for Manhattan Loft Corporation / Andre Balazs. Beth moved to Soho House in 2015 to assist in the creation and delivery of the new concept Mollie’s Motel and Diner. She went on to become Global Development Manager for Soho House and The Ned, acquiring sites in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
Most recently, Beth co-founded Mas Tropicale, a boutique developer that collaborates with local communities to create unique, design-led and environmentally relevant hospitality. They are launching their first project in St Vincent soon.@developmentgirl
Karen De Freitas-Fraser
Fashion designer Karen De Freitas-Fraser started designing by being a visual artist while living on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Shortly after that, she moved to New York City to attend Parsons New School of Design. While a student there, she apprenticed with brands such as Alice & Olivia, Zac Posen and Yigal Azrouel. Through these internships, SoKa developed an elevated taste in contemporary design, while remaining true to her Caribbean roots. Karen launched SoKa in 2015 where she appeared at Brooklyn Fashion Week, as well as in Ugly Magazine, Fashion Bomb Daily and on Vogue.com.
She has been named one of the top ten Caribbean designers and was a recipient of the Caribbean Style and Culture Awards for Excellence and Fashion Innovation. Following loss in her family, she started Project Pink in 2016 on the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada to raise funds and awareness for breast and testicular cancer. In 2019 she launched Gyal, which is the social arm of SoKa that aims to provide opportunities through education, mentoring and networking, and also adopt creative Caribbean classrooms through part sales of SoKa t-shirts. Karen is also a fashion stylist and fashion illustrator.website
Nadia Huggins: Graphic Designer
Rory Milnes: Programming Assistant
North Eleven: Animation Ninjas
Olivia ‘Olli’ Stephens: Festival artwork
Nick Spencer: Poster photography
Models: Dante Troy Ollivierre, Kelsey-Ann Williams, Ocean Vanloo
Freetown Collective: Festival trailer music
Additional support by Vonnie Roudette, Hand2Earth