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instead, or he could do both by going to the 8.45 p.m. per-
formance of either of the plays.
PLANNING YOUR TIME
However, he may prefer to mix his evening's entertain-
ment so after leaving one of the early performances of the
play of his choice he may decide to take in the 9.00 p.m.
show at the National Cultural Centre which might be the
night of the Cuban National Folk Dance Group or it may
be one of the international four-part shows two forty-
minute segments by different national groups and two
twenty minute segments.
To round off the evening he might nip across to the
National Park in time to catch Habib Khan or Louise
The next day he might decide to attend one of the c'dnce
workshops or 'Master Classes run by visiting celebrities and
after visiting another exhibition he might decide to take in
the Ray Luck Pianoforte recital at the N.C.C. and after a
light snack at the N.C.C. coffee shop remain on for the
The organizers are trying to arrange the programme so,
that each major national group (with the exception of drama
groups) appears at least twice at the N.C.C. and that there
are at least six performances of each play at the Theatre
Guild or Ursuline Convent.
The broad outlines of the programme will be released
very shortly and the booking plans and arrangements for
advance sales of tickets are now being prepared, so that
overseas bookings can be received early.
One of the questions most asked of the Secretariat is -
"Won't only the rich or well-off people be able to see the
bulk of the shows during CARIFESTA ?"
There is however no cause for alarm. The Secretariat
was particularly (Irected by the Writers and Artists who
originally proposed that Guyana should host CARIFESTA '72
that prices should be kept as low as possible and that there
should be a large proportion of seats available at $1.00 for
all shows and maximum charge of $5.00 for any show.
Plays will be $2.00 and $1.00. N.C.C. shows will be $5.00,
$2.50 and $1.00 and the National Park will be $1.00. Exhibi-
tions, lectures and demonstrations will be free.
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PLANNING the programme for CARIFESTA '72 is one of
the most difficult tasks now being tackled by the CARI-
Briefly the difficulty is this: How do you fit about 75
shows into 21 days.
The immediate reaction would be to shrug the whole
problem off as an impossibility. But how does one solve it ?
Firstly one can't think of 21 days as merely 21 opportunities
One day can provide opportunities for two or even three
shows in the same building.
The way things are working out it looks as if the Na-
tional Cultural Centre in Georgetown will be having two
different shows per day and the Theatre Guild Playhouse!
and the Ursuline Convent, St. Roses, both established venues
for drama in Guyana, will be having four plays each during!
the three-week period, each having afternoon and night per-
Apart from this, every night from 10 p.m. onwards there
. will be an international variety pop show at the National
Park which by virtue of its spaciousness, unique stage and.
lighting effects, has become quite a popular venue for such
It will hardly be possible for any visitor to CARIFESTA
to see all the shows, but it will be possible, providing he has
an iron constitution and has carefully husbanded his finances
he should be able to see about 95 per cent of the shows.
A typical day in life of such an individual would be
something like this. Morning and early afternoon visit art
exhibitions (there will be six) or attend poetry reading ses-
sions and literary discussions.
At 6.00 p.m. he might go to see a Derek Walcott play at
the Theatre Guild, (this will be on for several days so he'
might decide to go to the Aime Cesaire play at the Convent