Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: 3 cheers as CARIFESTA '72 ends
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Title: 3 cheers as CARIFESTA '72 ends
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Singh, Rickey
Osman, Raschid ( Contributor )
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/16/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199651
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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feast, says
CARIFESTA '72 climaxed
at the National Park last
night, with the lowering of
the flags of 28 participating
countries and Prime Minister
Forbes Burnham calling for
three rousing cheers to a
"Caribbean nation" which
Carifesta seeks to fashion.
"I hate to think that
Carifesta is just an extra-
vaganza. It was a marvellous
feast, an exhilarating experi-
ence", the Prime Minister
said in a short and enthu-
Mfastic address, "I prefer to
think of Carifesta as a fine
coming together of the peo-
-ple of the Caribbean .."
It was Mr. Burnham's:
vision that gave birth tc,
Carifesta '72. It was he who,
as Carifesta Coa-missioner
Frank Pilgrim said, had
dreamt of this historic occa-
sion which ended last night.
Most of the 1,000 artists
who had participated in the
festival had already left for
home by the time the closing
ceremony came around. But
there were enough from
eight countries to take the
stage and go through some
impromptu folk sequences.
These artists from Brazil,
Grenada, Guadeluoupe, Suri-
nia, St. Vincent, Martinique,
Trinidad and Tobago and
Jamaica gave to the thou-
sands of spectators in the
stands a taste of the largely
folk and Afro-oriented cul-
tural performances which
dominated tie three-week
agrineso~ enaed officially
very much in the same man-
ner it had started-heavily
organized with ilitItle Moom.
for spontaneity. There was
plenty of colour.. Much sing-
ing and dancing. But it all
seemed a ritual with lio
audience participation bar-
ring the occasional applause.
There was not the expected
caanival ending. There was
do denoiiog in the streets.
Audlen~es who had packed
entertainment centres every
nigRht for three weeks had
no opportunity to tramp be-
hind the steelbands.
Contrary to widespread ex-

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pectations, Carifesta did not
end as a "people's festival." troupe and Sparrow's run
But for the thousands atnd Disorderly rendition was
the National Park for the the most colorful on stage
closing ceremony, there was and the ud~ence applause
the opportunity to witness was longest and loudest for
contingents from participat- them.
ing countries expressing their Haiti's Dr. Rene Piquion,
gratitude for being at Cari- critic and author, speaking
festa the only way they on behalf of all the visiting
knew haw--with songs and contingents described Cati-
dances. esta as "a magnificent and
The cereuJn:'r leached itsIntellectual event' and
high point when droves of praised Plim Minister Bui-
Guyanese youth swarmed rham and his Government rfor
into the arena, masquerad- undertaking this great effort
Ing on stilts and lavishly cos- i helping to bring the
turned for Guyanese festivals Caribbean countries nearer
such as the Hindu Holi and to each other.
the Christian Christmas. Mr. Burnham, in acknow-
This was the Youth' Pa- lodging the tributes paid
geant, a section of Doris Guyana for organising Cari-
Harper Wills's Pageant of festa said that while the fes-
'the People which had been tival had formally ended, he
staged earlier in the festival would like to see it as a con-
The programme started tinuing institution.
half an hour late, with no Declari his intention to
fanfare or announcement interest otier Caribbean gov-
that it iiad indeed begun. The sumM it adhe-
National Anthem was played dled for next the nth in Tri-
twice on the arrival of the nidad in ensurg that Ca-
Prime Minister and t~he Pre- aifeta lives oq Mr. Burn
sident and Mrs. Arthur ha said that now, more
Chung. I d to
Chung. than ever, we know that
A recording Qc tne strong there is a "Caribbean oul-
voice of West Indian poet ture." "There must be," he
and musician Shako Keane e~1pasised "no turning g
reading "People Like Me" back ."
dedicated to the Carifesta A the lags go down let's
organizers competed with a contemplate this great deed
band coming into the arena we havewrout. Tis has
in the initial confusion. been o day. ur month ...
Then Bobru read one of "Long live the Caribbean
his poems, a new one dedi- nation." The crowd cheered
cated to the Guyanese who A Carifesta flag now flies
had chauffeured him around on one of the tallest flagpoles
during the festivaL The at the National Park, the
Woodside Choir swollen by sun-inhand symbol on a field
other singers, sang "Nation" of silver
and used this folk song to There it will remain, a
welcome the foreign artists constant reminder of the
on stage. spirit of Carifesta '72 and all
BrazS'l VIva Bahia folk the successive festivals.
group, tne first contingent to
settle in at Festival City
three weeks ago, were first
on stage last night and they
had a bouquet of flowers for
Carifesta Director Miss
Lyiette Dolphin.
The Rastafari Brethren
from Jamaica sang: "Just
Keep That Lovelight Burn-
ing" and offered their "Peace
and love" to all, while the
Mairtinilquans sang "Hear 0
Lord," the sacred song which
*is now so popular in Guyana.
Trinidad's Southern Dance


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