Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Barbados and CARIFESTA
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Title: Barbados and CARIFESTA
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Marshall, Trevor G.
Publisher: Advocate-News
Publication Date: 10/11/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Barbados -- Bridgetown
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: CA00199873
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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and emphasise the other
main element in our cultural
heritage the African or the
Afro Caribbean. -
I would like to see a little
more Afro-drumnung, A fr .o
ballet, Afro-tarroean -mus-
ical theatre and a little leis
of Opera singers, piano re-
citals, classical ballet, etc.
imported for the consumption
of our people.
For one thing, I am sure
that Folk performers from
the Caribbean would not move
our Cave Hill students to un-
sympathetic boos and cat-calls
as did some opera group two
years ago. More importantly
these groups would serve to
foster that much-needed sense
of pride in what is ours and
what comes out of the
PEOPLE, and so further
stimulate our budding Creative
Artist to look around them
for inspiration anc source
We do not even have to
wait for other W.Indian folk
groups to come here to show
us how to be proud of our
own heritage and folk culture,
The culture is there and it
is to be hoped that the present
and future artists have the
courage and are sufficiently
emancipated from the colonial
umbilical cord of the "Great
Tradition" to research and
portray all aspects of w h a t
is ours. .


The big question now, -ow-
ever, is "What happens on
the Creative Arts Scene in
Barbados consequently upon
this country's involvement in
CARIFESTA?" It is my fer-
vent hope that one lesson
which came through loud and
clear at the Festival will have
been heard and immediately
digested, i.e. what we in Bar-
bados look down upon as the
indecent behaviour of t.e
"common-class people" has
,been elevated in other
countries e.g. Jamaica,
Windwards and In the Spanish
Dutch, Portuguese and French-
speaking countries, as NA-
thing of which to be proud
It is to be hoped tiat the
Barbadian artistss who part)
cipated at CARIFESTA ,v:ll
think of inviting to Barbados
the Jamaican Dance Troupe
or the Haitian Ballet d' Eaiti,
the Cuban Folklore Group or
any other outstanding troupes
at the Festival to perform for
the mass of our people.
We have had more than
enough of piano, organ, harp,
violin recitals by North At.
lantic performers and there
is a goodly number of Bajan
who are exponents of these
particular cultural forms.
It is now time to encourage

I am happy to learn that
one person, El Verno de
Congo has started classes in
Afro- Caribbean drumming
and folk dancing. We can hope
that other enterprising per-
sons will deal with folk forms
such as Landship dances the
Xmas time dances and even
go back to the fundamentalist
churches there from to derive
a pop dance even more dis-
tinctly Bajan than lhe
Everything should be done
to see more that of our school
children and youth groups do
Caribbean and s aj an art
forms rather than indul.ufmg
In irrelevant stuff such as
Square Dancing (a folk art
from deep south or the U.S.)
or the tap-dancing of the
Scottish Lairds which I have
seen too many of them doing
I look forward to the day
when we cease to berate cut
children for singing "BANJO"
- on a Sunday or any other
day 'and encourage then
by teaching them more of the
songs of oilT movers and
grandmothers taught us.
When instead of being 'senl
off to -learn Tcaaikovs'y,
Beethovdn and Mozart or to
perform "Oliver," our secont-t
ary school children are intro-
duced to folk musicals 'based
around "Brother N e d d y,"
"King Ja-Ja" or the "Bactra
: Then will we be ready to
participate in CAfe~IESTAS
of the future without doing
things alien to the lives of
our people.
In closing this long com-
ment I must inform critics
and readers that I amn no
creative artist, literary critic
or else, but just an ordinary
Bajan who firmly believes
that our Art, like everything
elae, should not only be Bajar,
bit should also be seen to be.
distinctively Bajan.
Glebe Land
St. John

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