Title: CARIFESTA theatre trainees graduate amidst UN agency praise
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Title: CARIFESTA theatre trainees graduate amidst UN agency praise
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: Nauth, Priya
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Tuesday, 9 September 2008, page 9
Publication Date: 2008
 Subjects
Subject: Caribbean
Training
Technical Theatre Arts
Performing Arts
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Inter-American Development Bank
Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Guyana
United Nations Development Programme
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Abstract: Article reports on the charge given to the graduates of the Technical Theatre Training programme conducted for CARIFESTA X 2008.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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GUYANA CHRONICLE Tuesday, September 9, 2008 -



CARIFESTA theatre trainees



graduate amidst UN agency praise


By Priya Nauth

THE trainees who graduated
from the Technical Theatre
Training Programme were
challenged, on Sunday, to
keep the spirit created during
the tenth Caribbean Festival
of Creative Arts (CARIFESTA
X) alive and seek opportuni-
ties to express what they have
learnt.
The charge was given the
740 graduates by Inter-Ameri-
can Development Bank (IDB)
Sectoral Specialist and
Programme Officer responsible
for the project, Pastor Philip
Walcott, at the ceremony in the
National Cultural Centre, Home-
stretch Avenue, Georgetown.
They were trained in 15 ar-
eas for CARIFESTA X, in col-
laboration with the Ministry of
Culture, Youth and Sport, with
funding also from United Na-
tions Development Programme
(UNDP).
The tutelage was in acting
and directing, front house and
properties management, lighting
and sound, costume design and
management, set design, con-
struction and dressing, make-up
and hair.
Walcott congratulated the
group on their achievements and
declared that CARIFESTA X as


an "exhilarating experience."
"CARIFESTA X was more
than an event. CARIFESTA X
was and is still a spirit...the im-
pression that will always remain
with me was the passion that
people brought to this process,"
he said.
"For you to be successful in
this, you have got to have a
passion and put your all into
it," Walcott noted.
He advised: "Take this
spirit with you... look for op-
portunities to express what you
learnt. You have wonderful tal-
ent.
"Take what you have
learnt with that passion and
take it on into life and, if you
can take half of the passion
and commitment you brought
to this process, certainly,
there will be no country like
Guyana."
Walcott said he is really
proud to have been a part of the
undertaking.
"We cannot host
CARIFESTA everyday but,
certainly, we can keep the spirit
that we have created alive," he
offered.
A trainer, Mr. Al Creighton
said the function was "the icing
on the cake, the celebration of
what has been done but not the
work itself."


Making closing remarks, he
said: "The certificates that you
have received are papers. They
are documents with words in-
scribed upon them and they are
the symbol not the achievement
itself."
"But I want to impress
upon you...there is some-
thing substantial, long last-
ing and very important in
this, all part of a significant
development in what you
have achieved and done,"
Creighton stated.
He said the skills developed
are of practical value and can be
used to make a contribution to
the development of society.
"CARIFESTA X provided
Guyana with an
opportunity...Guyana seized
the opportunity to build infra-
structure, to leave a legacy and
develop the arts so that long af-
ter CARIFESTA would have
been finished, there will be some
permanent development to the
arts and cultural infrastructure of
Guyana," Creighton pointed
out.
The Deputy Vice-Chancel-
lor of University of Guyana
(UG) also said the particular
programme has achieved that
part of the vision.
"This exercise has been
the singular, most compre-


hensive, most complete and
most successful training
programme of its type."
Congratulating the graduat-
ing group, he told them it was
not the end of the journey and
their work had just begun.
Creighton said the
programme will not only con-
tribute to the development of
theatre and he observed the tre-
mendous boost to the self-con-
fidence of the persons who have
been trained and their sense of
achievement to contribute to
theatre in Guyana.
"The task ahead of you is
not complete because you now
have to go forward and take the
training you have received, take
that tremendous boost and con-
fidence into the various commu-
nities and regions and let them
see technical theatre at work,"
he encouraged.
"...you have made your
contribution to CARIFESTA
X...now the rest of the work
lies ahead of you in the very sig-
nificant contribution that you
are going to be making to the-
atre and to the arts and culture
in Guyana," Creighton said.
Excerpts of the training
test pieces were shown, in-
cluding from 'Legend of the
Silk Cotton Tree' and 'Moon
on a Rainbow Shawl'.




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