It's wise to
Carifesta- and beyond
CULrUR centres, cui-
ro fe sa fo p natiodl- estival, said lr. also developmental.
to es ggestions c aC1oe, and again, there. This makes the idea itself;
from well-known pit- "OId have been more di- an extremely good one. The
wrght and author Bet- trict rt festivals orgniaed coing together of various
am Charles, the driving snce 'the idea of Caiesta art forms and various ap-
orce behind the Victoria rst mooIted. rche to an art form is
Arts Festivals within re- tThis is vital, if we are Caribbeanness or a Cari-
pent years. l to have the arts fes- bean thing,' rather than
In an interview with- a tivrl here periodically, separate development in the
Graphic correspondent, Mr. ance our contribution must different territories.
Charles s al nThre idea bhe more that half the entire In the ,Caribbean, unity
iof t ult for ar estr isa u~e ra- m e. For people rest heavily on the captur-
ing uilt for Carifesta is coming in are coming t ng of the mind. Indeed.
ne one. I properly done see t jst what s once you have moved peon
it may provide Achiery to Gune have done, bt towar an
develop whatever we al- wat fGana in the .Caribhlire r c-p th vpar eu
ready have and whatever bean i Ong in the .fi d ,t or concept, the space
the Caribbean Festival of il M .and tine between their
Arts may stimulate. But I ur. ..a. king up the physical ac-
feel that smaller centres This w'y, too, for itions necessary to bring
should be built in other Feetival to atinlate about the realisation of the
areas. r ve. pationa miuch: o ideal will be pretty short,
What importance is to be it must move out of Geon. Mr. .Charles said.
attached to these centres and town. Organisers t carry -
the work of the cultural of- arto the people. The Festi- He added: "One is begin-
ficers? V tt tnot stop tI George- ir ng to get a Caribbean
"A cultural centre is not to May 'pertorma.ncea spirit, and Cariffesta can
a building, but an area and bitions must take mould' cte Caribbean cul-
where people meet to dis- place variog centres. turl bloc and give greater
cuss and perform. In Vic- How do you see the imt impetus to the movement of
toria we have already been mediate -ain long-term be e Caribbean unity.
c .- w outr co rimunity cen- \fita of Carifesta, to Gudyana ,
tre a cultural centre. part larly? 'hnese cultural i nter-
"Throughout the country, 'The idea of the Carib chlnps andPet han es will
the community centres can bean Festival f Arts in derstanding and sympathy,
be renamed cultural cen- GCorgetown old be in- the basis of unity. They
tres. And the's may g.ve tended to help give Guyatia would help us create an in-
the users a greater rever- the `ead in some field. Guy- dividuality, a Carib bean-
ence for the building it- ana cannot take the lead in ness.
self. There would need be dacing Jae a has this y -, *.
cultural officers-not neces- iready---in f eld of the
sarily artists-but in every ealipso, Trinidad and To-
case someone with a liking 1bago iS~ the lei;d, but in
for, or an awareness o, the'field of Orama and writ-
culture; so as to:- ing where we have been
Help young artists to producing fine plays for I
come into touch with others.
so fostering interchange some time, there could have .
and exchange of ideas and been greater headway ...
artists between areas of the through encouraging drama-
country; in the same way tic development throughout i
as the's will be done re- the country.
gionally during Cariesta. Yet, if Carifesta is held in
Help to give the young Guyana annually or bien-
artists a platform, and help nially, or .periodically at
to inspire them to corn- least, there should be tre- *
municate more. Imendious benefits to this
Such' a situation should country. But if it hops :
mean that at any point ofaround the Caribbean, the h '
time you will have -an arts benefits will go to no ter- ,'
festival going on in some ritory. a
area, similar to the Vic- With the Festival being.
toria' festival. There would held here all the time, Guy-
be exhibitions o. paintings ana will become the cultural
and sculptures :at some centre of the Caribbean.
point in the country at an A cultural centre has its M BETA
time of the year.
Without, such machinery,
as a follow-up, Carifesta'
would be purely entertain-
ment, while it lasts, and a
slim exercise. It cannot be,
left to the people thin'
selves to pick up where
Carifesta leaves off; be-
cause we ae not yet at that
stage where that can be
done. i b"