Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Unity - magic theme of festival of W.I. arts
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Title: Unity - magic theme of festival of W.I. arts
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Sunday Advocate-News
Publication Date: 4/16/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: Barbados -- Bridgetown
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: CA00199740
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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Unity -Magic Theme of

Festival of W.I.

CARIFESTA '72 like some
magic force is creating, the
emergence of a geophyical
and social phenomena among.
the lands and people of
Latin Amierica and the Catjib-
bean. This 22-day Festival pf
Arts is bringing together, a
thousand cultural represent*-
tives of nearly 200 million
people from 30 'countries in
the region.
This movement towards a
unique, cultural 'togetherness,
never before seen In the his-'
tory of the' region, had its.
birth six years ago. in the
dreams of a 'Caibbean.leader
- Forbes 'Burriham, 'Prime
Minister.of GCuyana,
T hii s dream was told to
leading writers and; artists
when they met in Guyana for.
the country's Independence
and tRepublic Celebrations in
19B6 and 1970 respectively.:
The Guyana Leader had a
vision then of a coming t6-
gether of the cream: of the
region's artiste and art works.
He had a vision of a Cultural
Festival v really depicting the
life of the people at the grass-
roots their myth, lore and
aspirations,- of literature im-
spired by .the passionate tem-
perament of the West. Indian
and paintings inspired by the
tropical jqngles ,of. Guyana
and other native nribitats of
our Latin Amerihaa neigh-
bours and the beautiful water
of the Caribbea with its gem-
like islands, of scqlipture vis-
ualising the.forms. ofour fore-
fathers in the diim and distant
past, of Malonaima and the
Legend of Kaleteur, Oxala
and. Yemanja.


all entertained at the end of
it all. .
Six years ago the vision of
CARIFESTA '72 was merely
a dream of a statesman. Today,
it is on the lips of millions in
.the region'whether they speak
-Spanish, English, Portuguese.
Dutdn, French. or one of the
many, .musical Patois.
Tomorrow soon comes and

with it the realisation of this
historic cultural extravagan-
za, this festival of love; telling
tales through all the art forms
of the freedom struggles of
our peoples and leaving be.
hind a metaphysical monu-
ment of unity on land, sea
and in. the.hearts oa .the peo.
ple of Latin America and the


That dream and vision are
now a stark reality. CARI-
FESTA with its symbol a
brown, creative hand 'grasp-
ing the sunlight will, in a
few months, transform Guy-
ana into a cultural haven in
rhich all the artistic beauty
of the region will blossom
forth in enchanting splendour.
From August 25 to Septem-
be'15 thousands will converge
on Festival City, the $750.000
ultra-modern: Cultural Centre
and the National Pqrk -- both
situated in Georgetown, Guy-
ana to witness a most
beautiful and historic fusion
of Third World Cultures.
They will witness through
the medium of literature, art,
Folk Art, Drama, music, etc;
We portraying of all the cul-
tural individualisms of the
region-symbolised by infecti-
.ous sunny smiles and tantalis.
ing rhythm, calypso, voodoo
Sdrums, masquerade, frevo and
sitar-blended with the Sea and
the breeze,..mountains, falls,
rlanos and valleys, and 'be in.
spired, educated and above

A S.- 7

Many ethnic groups have made their ontriho
to the cultural potpourri of the Caribbe anad Latin
American peoples.
Going through the intricate steps of a famous
dance, this Guyanese dancer conjures Up thoughts
of all the splendour Of the East- splendour which
will be fused into the CARIFESTA magic.

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