Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Why did the planners ignore sport for CARIFESTA?
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 Material Information
Title: Why did the planners ignore sport for CARIFESTA?
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Jonas, Pryor
Publisher: Sunday Graphic
Publication Date: 9/17/1972
 Subjects
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Caribbean
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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: CA00199862
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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Why did the planners ignore sport


BI PRBOR JONAS
First of a 2-Part Berles
READERS of these col-
umns will know that I do
not, as a rule, seek to jus-
tify myself. The truth of the
words I write remains my
only, nd most potent just.
floaton. In other words,
time is my most faithful
ally.
In this particular instance,
however there is need to
clarity my position for obvl-
ous reasons. Let it be known
that I am no politician and
no economist. I am a writer
on sport and an ed-
ucationist. This then at this
stage of my development is
my position notWing more,
nothing les.
As an edmnationist I nust
applaud the vision that con-
ceived Cariteste. As. a writer
on sport I mut criticise the
authorities who executed
Cariifet.
It ij ma intention here to
show that sport, whatever
the activity and however
limited the visionary con-
cept, should have been an
indispensable feature of Car-
ifesta. The Caribibean Festi-
at of Creatie Arts (1972) had
inevitably to be limited in
scope. We know this our
country Guyana is still rela-
tively poor. But the Carib-
bean Festival of Creative
Arts (1972), cannot be the
lasting success we wish it
to be unless it also had the
necessary ingredients. My
mnemonic concerns itself with
two such: C for culture, A for
Art. It is, perhaps, more than
mere coincidence that these
two letters are the first and
last of the very word "Cari-
festa."
Nobel prizewinner Albert
Camrus, proud member of the
Third World, has defined cul-
ture as the cry of men in
face of their destiny."
Camus, himself, was more
than a national footballer
though he felt it an honour to
have represented his country
in this activity. He was more
than a novelist, though he has
been, and etil is, the most


for Carifesta?


celebrated writer of his na-
tive Algeria. His La Peste. for
instance, is one of those books
on existentialism which can-
not die.
CAMUS A Thinker
Albert Camus was a think-
er if you will, an intel-
lectual, though the word is so
maligned these days and
has hallenged the world with
his thoughts. He saw the
ultimate and pitiful end of
man. But for him it was not
pitiable. Man must be coura-
geous he thought. He must re-
volt muneasingly against 'the
Absurd'. If he cannot then he"
must be thought how. To
Camus, the Absurd' repre-
sents tie situation where man
who loves Ie realizes he
must die.
To me the Absurd s -lhat
is, in the context ao Cairifesta
- that men could plan in
my country for the Carib-
bean Festival of Creative Arts
and leave out sport. It is that
culture that is inbred in us
Guyanese which causes a
Kanhai to leave his native
shores as Camus, before him,
had done and prove to the
world that right here in
Guyana we have the where-
withal of universality.
It is this cry of a son of


Guyana, in the face of des-
tiny that prompted a Gaskin
to move from school cricket
to club cricket. from Club to
country, from country to
world. And more! To educate
himself so that he could hold
his own and be at ease in the
councils of the mighty.
The truth, of course, will
be out and soon our istry
books will be written certi-
cally by our own people.
The point I contend myself
in making here is this: What-
ever definition one ascribes
to culture, essentially there
is this cry of mankind to


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not only in afth
but in aenadql how
Caaritesta autoltita
really = =d WN~`;(b~ mi;
Lure Connotes Aha
grase root uyveu-ihe 0,
inherent in Invery rn .
rarifesta 1111M.1omld :
to a bols,..
thO t1alobleo n Ui
would bave aonpeatsd -.
The seat of-pg
the CrIAA is MM in
Guyana.
(N43d w*k I eaadaf tMe
series).




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