Hosting an unprecedented Entertaining orary degree of D Lit.
Ingathering of star performers 5. Dr. Rene Piquion of Haiti,
of the arts of the wider Carib- in t fi. th former Director of te Haitian
bean, the city of Georgetown, It is in the Aeld e Ethnological Museum and an
api of the young Reuc performing As tat CA I authority on negritude and
of Guyana, rwill become theES pen rissg t m- African folklore.
centre of music, dance, drama, phasis ro ly be laid on 6. Louise Bennett of Jamai-
art exhibitions and other phases wi roupslmentiond ca, an inimitable raconteur
manifestations of creative and already, but the programme and folkpot and dramatist,
performing arts for thr eewill inrea ude outstanding dra who has enlightened, edu-
weeks from the end of August wil inld ousta nr a- cated. and entertained for
to the middle of September produ'ed.in the region. more than a decade.'
this middle of September In field of art the pa- 7. Rex Nettleford, the ver-
Th occasion will be the Bishps' Hih Schoo satile University Lecturer and
Caribbeanl the building will be transformed author, who is also leader and
Caribbean Festival of the with adequate lighting and choreographer of the out-
Creative Arts (CARIFESTA wth adequang choreographer of the out-
'72), an event born directly screening facilities, into a standing Jamaica National
'72), an event born directly lreArts Museum, its com- Danc Comanya
oqt of the recommendations large Arts Museum, its corn- Dance Company.
tof an thusiastic conference ponent parts of which are de-
San thusiastic conference dictated to the display of con- The invitation list includes
of Caribbean Writers and Art- temporary arts and sculpture a former Vice-Chancellor of
Lists held in Georgetown in provided by participating the U.W.I., poet and historian
1970 -t the time Guyana went countries. Sir Phillip Sherlock, and the
Republic. Each national art collection outstanding Caribbean au-i
The tree-lined, avenues of will be introduced to viewers thors such as Vidia Naipaul,
this city of 150,000 people by an experienced national, George Lamming, Derek Wal-i
will echo with the music of who is himself a painter and cott, Edward Brathwaite and
the Yoruba chants of the Con- able to communicate the high- Wilson Harris.
junto Folklorica Nacional of lights of the national develop-
Cuba and of the equally im- ments of the arts and sculp-
pressive Ibo dances performed ture of his country.
by Haitian folklore groups and Catalogues are under pre-
the more sophisticated but paration which will supply
still drum-pulsed music that biographical sketches of the
motivates the National Dance painters on display and so
Company of Jamaica. provide a panorama of Art in
There will be the contem- the region.
porary sounds of the masque- CARIFESTA is likely to be
rades of Montserrat, St. Kitts a star-studded programme
and Guyana itself, and, of where notables are concerned.
course, steelbands from Tri- On the special invitation list
nidad and Guyana. are:-
It is in the field of folk 1. the 1971 Nobel Prize
dance that this Caribbean Winner for literature, Pablo
Festival will make its magne-! Neruda, who in his capacity
tic appeal to the 800 partici- as Ambassador- or Chile in
pants expected to come from |jParis, is one of the most die-
29 Caribbean and South tinguished writers in the
American countries and the spectrum of participation.
thousands who will journey to 2. Nicolas Guillen, Presi-
Guyana to see and enjoy the dent of the National Union of
spectacle. Writers and Artists of Cuba,
To complete this section of perhaps the most celebrated .
the CARIFESTA programme, of all writers in the Carib-
folk song groups are expected bean, who use the Spanish
from Jamaica, Grenada, St. Language.
Lucia, Surinam, Veriezuela, 3. Aime Cesaire of Marti-
Puerto Rico and the Domini- nique, whose fame as a
can Republic. French poet and Playwright
Indeed, one of the most and as co-founder with Leo-
distinctive characteristics of pold Senghor of the doctrine
CARIFESTA will be the way of Negritude, is universally
in which folk arts and their acknowledged.
joyous expression have be- .4. C.L.R James, the out-
come the deep and mature p o- standing Caribbean author,
jecticn of rathe life of the whose seminal influence *
region, coloured by its excit- stemming largely from his
ing amalgam of Spanish, study Black Jacobins, was The symbol of CARII
Dutch, Portuguese, African, academically recognized a few grasping the sunlight -
Indian, Amerindian, French months ago by the University
and English cultural strains. of the West Indies when he creative man in tropical
+4k .. +u *was honoured with the hon- fulfil his cultural destiny
No'w tlhb +tc th XOJVSV joit
the islands in this archipelago
have become politically inde-
pendent, since the -beginnings
of the sixties, CARIFESTA
will be the first opportunity
to allow the creative artists
to come together and provide
the elements of a regional
iESTA '72 a brown hand
Emerges as the symbol of
areas seeking to create and
by grasping the sacred fire
o mte heavens. Designed by a public re atuons *-
in Antigua, it depicts the creative artist's instrument
in its many forms, his skill as painter, sculptor, musical
The Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts will be
held in Georgetown, Guyana, August 25 September
15, 1972 with twenty-six nations of the Caribbean and
South America taking part.