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Team to see Minister, Demas today : Artists adopt plan for C'bean culture
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/CA00199653/00001
 Material Information
Title: Team to see Minister, Demas today : Artists adopt plan for C'bean culture
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Singh, Rickey
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/9/1972
Subjects / Keywords: 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.
 Record Information
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
System ID: CA00199653:00001

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SUy a r C ntlir n i. Pltnhip r D) 1 )72 t'l 1

Team to see Minister, Demas today

THE TWO-DAY Caribbean
Writers and Artists Confer-
ence, organised as part of
CARIFESTA '72, and from
which a number of the re-
gion's leading writers and
artists were absent, conclud-
ed at the University of Guy-
ana yesterday with the adop-
tion of a Declaration for
Cultural Co-operation.
Attended by Guyana's
Minister of Information and
Culture, Miss Shirley Field-
Ridley, who will this morn-
ing meet a six-man delega-
tion, representing the writers
and artists, the conference
called for he creation of a
Caribbean Secretariat for the
Arts to respond to the cul-
tural needs in the region, and
for the establishment of a
commission to investigate
how the work of artists could
be published and promoted
in the area.
While Miss Field-Ridley
was sitting in the audience
of the writers and artists
meeting yesterday, her col-
league Minister of Education.
Miss Cecidene Baird, was
attending the meeting of the
musicians, held in another
section of the university, to
listen to an address by Mrs.

Rita Coore dealing with the
role of music in the Carib-
bean society.
Apart from the absence at
CARIFESTA of a number of
West Indian .authors, poets,
playwrights and critics even
some of the novelists and
poets who are here, were ab-
sent from yesterday after-
noon's session at U.G., when
the Declaration of Culture,
to be discussed today with
Miss Field-Ridley and an
hour later with the Secre-
tary General of the Regional
Secretariat, Mr. William De-
mas, was adopted.
Originally drafted by a
group of local and West
Indian writers and artists at
P. meeting at the Umana
Yana from which the Press
was debarred last T'uesdry,
the Dedlaration was read by
the Guyanese author and
poet, Mr. A. J. Seymour, one
of the. principal officers of
CARIFESTA and organiser
of the two-day conference at
the U.G.
The team chosen to meet
Miss Field-Ridley and Mr.
Demas are Mr. Michael An-
thony (Trinidad), Mr. Len-
nox Brown (Trinidad), Mr.
Austin Clarke (Barbados),
Dr. Errol Hill (Trinidad),
Mr. Robin Raveles (Suri-




nam), and Mr. Seynrour
The proposals for the crea-
tion of a Caribbean Secre-
tariat for the Arts, modelled
on the Carifta Secretariat,
reflect the writers and art-
ists' feeling that CARIFESTA
should be staged every three
or four years, and their
view that there must be
much more cultural exchang-
es in such fields as drama,
dance and folklore groups,
choirs, and a travelling ex-
hibition' of arts and litera-
The proposal, contained
in the Declaration, also call
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'Make more
ICo nfil

the theatre'
i DR. KENNETH Ramchand
Sof the University. of the
West ladies feel, th't-rigA,
more effort should be de-
voted to the develop-
ment and use of the
theatre as a means of educat-
ing the Caribbean masses
about themselves;
Dr. Ramchand who was
delivering an address at the
University of Guyana yes-
terday on "Literature and
Education," (see back page),
said that the theatre was a
most important means of
dramatising West Indian lit-
erature in the process of
educating a community out-
side the school system.

for the implementation of a
programme of "artists in
residence" at the university
centres throughout t h e
On the partiular issue of the
need for a Publishing House
in the Region, the writ-
ers and artists have stated
their concern about publish-
ing not only at text book le-
vel for primary and second-
ary schools, but also for the
developing of audiences in
adult education groups and
for the general public.
The musicians a so
adop.eu the Declaration and
urged that there be periddi-
cal seminars in music
throughout the region, while
radio stations are urged to
devote more time in encour-
aging the development of
folk music.
The musicians also see the
need for a regional institu-
tion to preserve folk trust
and other folk culture.




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