THE CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL of Creative Arts
ended yesterday. The spectacle will linger long in
the minds of those who saw it. The average mah
will remember it primarily for the glitter of its
( Those who are of an artistic turn of mind, will
remember it for exhibitions of regional and
hemispheric art which it brought before the public.
I But few will remember the high standard of
organisation achieved through the co-operation of
various people and organizations brought together
by common ambition to serve their country.
I ( Yet this is an area of endeavour that should be
long remembered. The CARIFESTA Secretariat was
established to organise and control CARIFESTA. But,
as the dimensions of the enterprise continued to
develop, the job was successfully tackled with
imagination and zeal.
CARIFESTA has not been perfect-it couldn't be
seeing that so, many grades of' human endeavour
were involved. But what we say is that, reflecting
the assets and limitations of human nature,
CARIFESTA was a triumph for the organisational
ability of the Guyanese called upon to tackle a
I CARIFESTA, in the area of organisation, brought
together Guyanese of all ethnic types. I It is this
cooperation, which went beyond creed and class,
which represents the qualities needed for the
building of this nation and looking optimistically
ahead--for the building of a Caribbean nation.
I It Is this exemplary co-operation which, in our
view, should be preserved in this country and the
region for their development.
I We share the general view that CARIFESTA
should become a permanent regional affair. That
is why we will urge the artistes to settle down to a
dispassionate and constructive study of its good
points and its bad.
I \ As an experiment In organisation on an inter-
national scale, CARIFESTA showed the capacity of
the host country, though relatively small in popula-
tion, to mount international events successfully.
, We reiterate the point we made at the conclu-
lion of the Conference of Non-Aligned countries
here recently We have reached a very high
standard of International organisation which re-
(lected creditably on this country's efforts.