Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Sleeping Over CARIFESTA
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Title: Sleeping Over CARIFESTA
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Nelson, Joseph L. H.
Publisher: Weekend Post and Sunday Argosy
Publication Date: 5/7/1972
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: CA00199761
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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Sleeping Over Carifesta

Since Guyana gained her independence, there has been
pressing need for the nation to be fully educated along the
line of culture. TEACHERS So far, only one member of
We are set at a great Under the setting of Cari- our society who incidentally is
tative and appreciative aspects festa, our sense of conscious- associated with the literary art
For this--reason, many cultur- ness ought to be aroused be- has demonstrated interest by
al works produced since our cause the performances we'll rendering his quota through
attainment of independence see in musical, graphic, dram- the form of a most inform-
have been buried. Thet i tht atic and literary arts are the ative article on the significance
tion at the moment being that very things we are accustomed of Ca'.ifesta to the pa-ccipat-
only few among our members to, but never assign them im- ing countries.

interested in the propa portance from a national pro- PLANNING BODY
and perpetuation of our cul- section point of view.
and perpetuation our cu-Our cultural teachers, will Carifesta Secretariat is only
ture. ,be ithe performers from coun- a planning body. I therefore
It Ts my considered opinion fries we !have invited. There consider its undertakings use-
that it is the general belief will not be any blackboard, less until the mass of the
that after independence, every- benches, desks nor wild canes, people throw in their weight
one is supposed to know factsihence it is reasonable to be- which is definitely not the
about culture on a self- ,,disadvantage on the interpre- position at the moment.
educated basis. This being so,of cultural values. From the point of voluntary
many of us have picked up lieve that the lessons that will help, our nation is sleeping
bits and pieces by the wayside be taught to us will remain Giving regard to the great
and now feel to ourselves that:stuck in our minds, and that benefit to be achieved n the
we have become cultural ex- there will evolve a higher level line of the nation a;iaining
perts, Thus leaving others toiof assessment, understanding cultural education through the
follow blindly. 'and appreciation for the things staging of Carifesita, each of
CARIFESTA which for so many years have us in our own way should make
been among us, thus becoming it our business to associate our-
Faced with this problem, Guy- Qur cultural properties. selves with activities akin to
ana will, from August 25, to I see Carifesta as the mobil- Carifesta.
September 15 throw open its ization.of various cultural ex-
doors leading to a classroom pressions coming together to I am no the ye to paint
where by using our eyes, we educate the nationals of coun- a rosy picture when it is not
will be taught a thorough les- tries within the same geo- wI reveal the disinterested at-
son in the fineness of culture, graphical perimeter. Thus titude of persons in our midst,
I refer to the staging of drawing the band of .nity attitude of persons -n our midst
Carifesta where over 30 coun- much tighter, many of whom can be of the
greatest asset due to their
tries will display their indivi- e
dual culture in various forms. When we in Guyana like knowledge, ability and influ-
By positive demonstration, other countries, learn to re- ece.
minds will be able to retain the aspect, understand and admire Surely, too much is not be-
things which are a part of another's culture, only then ing demanded in asking the
participating countries with will we be able to understand ent(ie nation to demonstrate
respect to culture, which by our culture. The reason being positive interest in the hold-
no means are different from that our m inds shall have be- ing of Carifesta, thus making
nurrc come fully matured, it a resniiiri,,, .... n... -

Looking at the list of invited
I view Carifesta as a teach- countries, if has been noted
ing session to our nation in that most of them have reach-
cultural understanding. For ed the stage where they have
this reason, prices regarding in full operation their respec-
attendance, should be set with. tive NATIONAL CULTURE.
in the reach of the small man's Now, Guyana as the host
pocket. country will no doubt feel in-

Though limitation of knowl-
edge in cultural values can be
found in every sector of our
society, emphasis need to be
placed on meeting the small
man's purse, the fact being
that he cannot afford to travel
extensively to nourish his body
mind and spirit with cultural
Many of us know that from
birth we have been witnessing
the performance of many
things in our community, but
have not come to the reliza-
'ion that such things are so
important in identifying our

-, -- ig5 nsucc5ess on Guy-
ana's soil.
I cars'ee that the few hands
i6aoutrd are inadequate for
such a mammoth historic
Are we not working a divis-
ional principle in contributing
to the promotion of arr in ,II

ferior in this direction. How- its forms ?
ever, better late than never. Too much of ill-feelng
Consequently, J hope that t rough striking a negative
springing out of Carifesta's interest in Carifesta is around.
portrayal an emblem of to- jt is an evil force to the out-
getherness will be reached in come of. unity in national
the realization of a National affairs.
Culture. V We need to strike a note of
The nation's interest in the one accord in the coming into
staging of Carifesta is rather being of a Na.tlonal Culture,
low. which to my mind can be form-
ulated off the springboard of
Carifesta by members of the
nation pooling their cultural
knowledge t hus forming a
sdlid block of Guyana's pre-

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On my parl I will not blow
an optimistic note over the
success of Carifesta until I
have seen signs of th1 effect
that every Guyanese regardless
or race, colour, class or creed
is willing to participate in the
planning exercise.
I have thrown the nation's
dirty linen on a public line,
specifically that those concern-
ed should see that their dis-
interested attitude in Carilestg
has become the concern of
others who know of the im-
portance of cultural uniji.l-
tion among members of a na-
It is a matter where "United
we stand, divided we fall".
Carifesta being an educa-
tional mould to the Guyanese
nation, should not be thought
of as one sector undertaking
but one designed in the In-
terest of all of us whose an-
cestraj cultural properties
varies one to another.
Though many of a nation's
people are conscious of what
is going on in their society, the
oportuni.ty does not present
itself for everyone to speak
and write on various issues.
For this reason, I strongly
feel that those of us who have
the media of the Press at our
command, should point out
to the nation from now on,
the great deal of damage being
done to its cultural image
through the lack of co-opera-
tion in aiding 'the smooth
success of Carifesta on the
part of a high proportion of
its members.

For once, most of us should
see the wisdom of striking a
constructive note in urging
the nation through our writ-
ings, to generate more interest
in the planning of Carifesta
which will serve to educate us
all in our understanding, as-
sessment and appreciation of,
our cultural materials in mani!
fold forms, which up to the
present time, we sidetrack as
irrelevant to our cultural foun-
ftir! .

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