Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Petticoat Page : CARIFESTA - a 'riot' of colour and culture
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Title: Petticoat Page : CARIFESTA - a 'riot' of colour and culture
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Earle, Claudette
Publisher: Sunday Graphic
Publication Date: 3/5/1972
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: CA00199667
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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Carrif est-a

colour and culture

DANCE the universal
and most expressive art-form
will be in super-abundance
when "CARIFESTA '72", the
Caribbean Festival of Crea-
tive Arts, takes place in
Ceorgetown from August 25
to September 15 next.
This three-week exposition,
featuring a rich inter-
mixture of Caribbean Latin
American cultures, will be
highlighted by a dance re-
pertoire including per-
formances by the Conjunto
Folklorica Nacional'de Cuba
(a fantastic CItlan folk
group), a Hailan dance
group the National Ballet of
Puerto Rico, Afro-Brazilian

Cuban poet

ONE of Cuba's leading
o e t s Nicolas Guillen,
ibove), who has for years
!en respected as one of the
aribbean's foremost poets
protest, is expected to
sit Guyana for Carifesta.
And it is understood
t Senor Guillen has Dre-
ed a special poem for
e occasion, one which
Snot yet been published
d which is now being
slated into English.
enor Guillen expressed
at enthusiasm about Cari-
sta when he spoke in
ba recently to Guyanese
tLt and1- journalist Mr.
thur Seymour, one of the
ief organiserg of the
Sfesta programme.

dancers from neighboring
Brazil, a 60-strong group
from the. National Dance
Theatre Company of Jamai-
ca led by Rex Nettleford, and
a host of small island mas-
querade bands.
"Carifesta '72" crystallises
the.Independence year dream
of Guyana Prime Minister
Forbes Burnham and a num-
ber of outstanding Caribbean
writers and artists, of a
cultural exposition t h a t
would feature the talents of
renowned Guyanese and
Caribbean artists, "whose
works in. poetry, painting
and sculpture project our
dreams and visions and help
to f pster and develop a
Caribbean personality".
Five years, and another
Caribbean Conference of
Writers and Artists have
passed, and during this
time the dream got greater
dimensions with the Guyana
Government's decision to in-
clude not only Caribbean ter-
ritories outside the Common-
wealth, but also a number of
Latin American states such
as Venezuela, Brazil, Suri-
nam, Colombia and Chile.
"So far, 22 of the 25
countries visited by Carifesta
officials have indicated their
willingness to participate in
Carifesta 72," explained
Festival Commissioner Frank
Pilgrim who has been
seconded from the Prime
Minister's Office for this
special assignment.
"The three countries we
haven't yet visited are Peru,
Chile and French Guiana
and we are just waiting for
the 'go-ahead' before we set
out to visit them," he said
last week.
Mr. Pilgrim, just back
from a tour of Cuba (where
he was treated to a per-
formance of the national
folklore group that will be
coming to the Festival),
Haiti, and the Dominican Re-
public, said that the Carifesta
Secretariat had been plIac-
ing phasis on the Com-
mon health Caribbean terri-
tories because they were the
least developed culturally.
"We don't want these ter-
ritories to suffer by compari-
son' to the culturally de--
veloned countries at the
Festival. We want these
Caribbean countries to use

the wealth of indigenous
potential and work up some-
thing specially for Can-
A p0t-po&i of West Indian
art and drama again inter-
mixed with a rich flavournmg
of South American culture in
a variety of forms is anti-
cipated to be a rare combina-
tion at this the first festival
of creative and performing
Commenting on this cos-
mopolitian aspect of the
Festival, Mr. Pilgrim said:
"Carifesta is going to bring
out -the fact .that though we
have suffered the. impact of
metropolitan influences for
centuries, there has evolved
;n this part of the world
something that is distinctly
and identifiably our own."
With Carifesta just about
six months away, work on
Festival City in the D'Urban
Park, Lodge area is going

Petticoat Page

By Claudette Earle

apace and the country is pre-
paring to accommodate the
4,000-odd overseas visitors.
The main auditorium of
the Cultural Centre for the
Festival is being built to ac-
commodate around 2,000
Some 500 paintings and
murals of recognized Guy-
anese and West Indian and
South American painters will
be displayed at the Queen's
College building.
Among performers and
groups billed to appear dur-
ing the three-week Festival
are: A Javanese dancing
group and a ballet group
from Surinam, a dance com-
pany and a group of Rasta-
farian players from Jamaica,
two top drama groups and
steelband pageant which
will depict the history of
the steelband, folk groups,
singers drummers and drama
groups' from the islands of
Grenada, St. Vincent, St.
Lucia,: Dominica :and Anti-
-gua: a dance and drama
grout fr o m Barbados
and groups .of artists, dancers
and soulpturAil exhibitions
from Montserrat and St.
The late. Philip Pilgrim's
musical masterpiece "Legend
of Kaieteur" which is being

h~b X A
re-scored for the Festival,
and will feature Ray Luck at
the piano and a steelband?
and dancers will be one
of Guyana's contributions to
"There has been a great
flow of contributions by poets
for the anthology of potr"
that is being prepared now,"
said Mr. Pilgrim.

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THE Yoruba Singers, a
section of the Conjunto
Folklorico Nacional de Cuba,
will be coming for Carifesta.
Seen here is one member
of the group during a per-
formance in Cuba.
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The Carifesta Comnmis-
sioner has expressed the hope
that Guyanese from all
walks of life would make an
effort to attend and partici-
pate in the Festival as much
as possible.
"For this reason we are
determined not to have the
Festival priced beyond the
reach of the people. We
want as generous an at-
tendance as possible at all
events. This is not a finan-
cial proposition. It is pri-
marily a cultural exposition
for establishing cultural
links with the peoples of this
And from al report
available, so warm has been
the response from far and
near, that Carifesta '72 will
no doubt surpass what was
imagined by its planners
and bring international at-
tention to our rich, and
varied cultural heritage.

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