Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Don't view CARIFESTA on money terms only
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Title: Don't view CARIFESTA on money terms only
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Sunday Graphic
Publication Date: 9/17/1972
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: CA00199860
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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Don't view Carifesta

on money terms only

mittee is to prepare a finan-
6al report on the cost of
stagmg the three-week fes-
tival and this will most
likely be presented at the
October Sunmit of Carib-
bean heads of government
when Prime Miaister Forbes
Burnham will seek to
timul;i Intere'st in the
continuance of the Carib-

bean ?'estival of Creative
"But the wtolle point of
the. exercise would have
been lpst if we were to
regard Carifesta in purely
financial terms," Carifesta
Coamnisonebr Frank Pil-
grim told a Press confer-
ence yesterday morning. He

said that what was more
important was the priceless
cultural richness which the
cultural exposi.tion had
brought to the Guyanese
people. The splurge of cul-
tural shows had. he insisted,
made many Guyanese
theatre goers and concert
goers and there was now a
more widespread awareness
of things Caribbean.
-Mr. Pilgrim said that
what made COartfesta so
suecessihl was the electrify-
ing atmosphere of everyone
being wolved months be,
fore that first day, the
builders on the Cultural
Centre and at Festival City.
the Presns wih background
reports on countries sche-
duled to take part and a
general fever which height-
ened as August 25 drew
He spoke of a sustained
pressure on the Oarifesta
Secretaat for the 22 days
'whie the festival lasted, a
marathon task that was
never equalled in Guyana.
even for the Republi and
Indeoeridence celebrations.
"We did make a few
errors, but the orgae station
always managed to hodd' the
show together and in this
we were assisted to a very
great extent by the over-
seas participants. They were
very understanding and co-

operative even when they
complained they did so
in no carping manner, but
with a sincerity which ap-
prechatet the mammoth task
of organizing the show."
Mr. Pilgrim remarked on
the unfortunate incident
which somewhat marred the
initial Carlfesta production,
All Kinds of Folk at the
Cultuia Centre, but pointed
ou t that fro that time
throughout the show. the
entetwra played to pack-
ed houses on a~lost every
"The Queen's College and
the venues for dramatic
productions were old, out
for every night of the
festival while tha Cuitural
Centre was filled to capacity
almost every night. The
shows at the National Park
were also very wel pakren-
Ou the quesoan of what
some critiOs referred to as
an Afro oriented domina-
tion evident in the per-
r g arts sedcton of the
festival MrV. Plgrim re-
vealed that plans to bring
more representative ele-
ments to Carifesta had fallen
through, and not through
the failt of the Secretariat
in Geongetown.
The Commissioner said
that the Oarifesta Secretari-
at will go on for the next
month or so to "tie up the
ends" of the lit com-
pleted festival and any re-
vival of this ageiir will
depend on decisiois made
at next ~ manih's Caribbein

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