Title: CARIFESTA work proceeding smoothly - Anthony : $2000 coin to be minted
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Title: CARIFESTA work proceeding smoothly - Anthony : $2000 coin to be minted
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Publisher: Stabroek News, Saturday, 28 June 2008, page 17
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Abstract: Article reports on the press conference held by Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport to brief the media on preparations for the hosting of CARIFESTA X 2008.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100677
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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STABROEK NEWS, Saturday, June 28, 2008 Page 17

CARIFESTA work proceeding smoothly Anthony

Despite the three recent mas-
sacres here, no negative feed-
back has come from overseas
groups scheduled to attend
CARIFESTA X in August and
Culture Minister Frank
Anthony says work is proceed-
ing rapidly on many fronts.
Speaking at a press confer-
ence at the CARIFESTA head
office yesterday, the minister
said that instead of negativity
they have had to "curb the
enthusiasm" coming from the
contingents that are scheduled
to participate in CARIFESTA.
He also said that intense
efforts are being made with
regard to security for the event.
Besides a committee headed by
Minister of Home Affairs
Clement Rohee and including
heads of the army and police
and other high ranking security
officials, there is a group within
the CARIFESTA secretariat
that is also focused on security
for the event.
Minister Anthony related
that an 'integration workshop'
was held two days ago where

the groups met to merge their
ideas, and find solutions to fill
in the "loopholes."
Anthony updated the media
on the various ongoing and fin-
ished preparations to host the
event and assured that work is
moving apace at all the major
He said that the east and
west stands in the National Park
are about 87% complete in
terms of cleaning, painting and
roof repairs while the addition
of a new sanitary block is 45%
The resurfacing of the tar-
mac will start in mid-July and
lighting systems will be added
along with 70-ft towers. Over
at the National Gymnasium
where the visual arts centre is to
be set up, the lighting system is
to be changed soon and similar
works will be done at the Sports
The newly-installed lighting

system at the National Stadium
at Providence will be commis-
sioned in two weeks, Anthony
said. He added that the system
has its own generator and so is
not solely dependent on GPL.
At the Sophia Exhibition
Centre, another major venue for
CARIFESTA, preparations are
moving along smoothly, the
minister said. Creation of the
Amerindian village is going
well, cleaning is almost fin-
ished and the construction of an
auditorium is already complet-


In terms of accommodation
for persons coming into
Guyana, 52 hotels and guest-
houses with a total of some
3,159 beds are available; four-
teen countries have already
booked 1,190 of these beds.
Other delegations are expected

to make their bookings shortly.
Anthony said that plans are
being made to ensure hassle
free entry into Guyana for
CARIFESTA and persons are
to receive special training in
this regard.
As the host country Guyana
is expected to provide trans-
portation for all contingents
when they arrive for the mega
A number of vehicles were
selected after an inspection was
carried out recently. Those
selected are still to be sent let-
ters verifying their selection.
However, training of the chosen
drivers will be done in early
August, with assistance from
the police force.
In relation to health, the
minister said that special teams
will be set up at the major
venues with ambulances on
standby to deal with any emer-

He added that the Health
Ministry has planned to have an
"epidemic surveillance unit" in
place to scan persons coming
into the country. Training and
certification of food handlers
will also be done by this min-
In terms of the performing
arts, 800 persons are being
trained and will be divided into
12 companies for specific stage
productions. Twelve persons
have already been identified to
be trained as masters/mistresses
of ceremony while space exists
for an additional 18 persons.
Individuals who are interested
are asked to make contact with
the secretariat. A Guyanese
music night is also being coor-
As part of mementoes for
the occasion, a CARIFESTA
recipe book will be published, a
coin valued at $2000 will be
minted and t-shirts and flags

will be available shortly.
Stamps will also be printed in
time for the event, said
Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Culture, Keith

Speaking about the dam-
age done to the Cultural
Centre in the recent attack,
the minister said that replace-

ments for the damaged cur-
tains have already been
ordered and steps are being
taken to replace damaged
equipment. (Melissa Charles)

$2,000 coin to be minted

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