Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Concept of the festival
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 Material Information
Title: Concept of the festival
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Sunday Guardian Magazine
Publication Date: 7/16/1972
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: CA00199693
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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Concept of

the festival

THE concept and origin
of this year's unique
event CARIFESTA '72
.. the Caribbean Fes-
tival of Creative Arts. to
be held in Guyana from
August 25 to September
15 lie in history and a
Out of the history of
30 Caribbean and Latin
American countries has
emerged in glorious
splendour and potpourri
of cultures that will
be presented at
Out of the womb of
this history and the un-
conscious longings of
these New World peoples
was born a dream a
dream of CARIFESTA.
The dreamer was Prime
Minister Forbes Burn-
ham of the Co-operative
Republic of Guyana.

Six years ago during
Guyana's Independence
Celebrations this dream,
which is the sperm of a
new era for the Carib-
bean cultural landscape,
was told to an historic
gathering of the region's
writers and artists.
Behind the dream was
the vision of a cultural
mecca for the region's
peoples who spoke many
tongues and had roots
deep in the Caribbean
and Latin America, in
Asia, the orient, Europe
and climes of the Korm.
manti and Yoruba.
It was- a vision of
these people creating a
spiritual oneness among
themselves through a
coming together of their
beautiful art forms -
Drama, Literature, Folk
Art, Fine Art, Dance

and concerts which
have evolved over
thousands of years.
It was a vision of
literature inspired by
.our peculiar West Indian
temperament... of paint-
ings inspired by our
tropical jungles and
scintillating Caribbean
waters of art visualis-
Sing our forefathers in
the dim and distant
past ... of Makonaima
and Oxala and the
legend of Kaieteur.
The inimitable cul-
t u r a 1 kaleidoscope,
CARIFESTA '72 is the
living realisation of this

legend and messages of
unity and love written
on the lips of a thousand
drums a r e: An igua,
Bahamas, Barbado-.
Belize, Brazil, C h i e,
C o o m b i a, Cuba.
D o m i n ic a, Dominican
Republic, French Guiana,
Grenada, Guadeloupe.
Haiti, Jamaica, Mar-
tin i q u e, Montserrat.
Peru, Puerto Rico, Sur.-
name, St. Kitts, St. Lucia,
St. Vincent, Trinidad an'l
Tobago, Venezuel-a,
Mexico, U.S. Virgin
Islands, Panama, Nether-
land Antille;.

The thirty countries
which share this vision
and will transform
Guyana with a three-
week cultural carnival
of folksy things, lore and *******$

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