Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Visitors say it has been a rich experience : P.M. joins Cubans in backstage jump-up
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Title: Visitors say it has been a rich experience : P.M. joins Cubans in backstage jump-up
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Singh, Rickey
Publisher: Weekend Post and Sunday Argosy
Publication Date: 9/3/1972
 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: CA00199913
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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Sunday, September 3, 1972 (~-g

Visitors say it has f


been a rich experience





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By RICKEY SINGH
GUYANA-CUBA fraternal
relations blossomed into a
colourful dancing session
backstage at the National
Cultural Centre on Friday
night with Prime Minister
Forbes Burriam and his wife
dancing freely with members
of the Conjunto Folklorico
National of the revolutionary
socialist republic.
It was the grand finale to
10 days of participation by
Cuba in Carifesta ten days
that will long be cherished
by the thousands of Guyanese
and other citizens of the
Caribbean who witnessed
something of the rich folk
culture, the paintings and the
photography, or listened to
the poetry recitals and liter-
ary discussions of these peo-
ple who have helped to make
possible and sustain the
historic Cuban revolution.
Director of the Cuban
contingent of some 66 per.
sons to Carifesta, Dr. Luis
Suardiaz, speaking to the
Sunday Graphic before fly-
ing out from Timehri inter.
national airport with his
colleagues back to Havana
in a Cubana airline, declared:
"Altogether, it has been a
very rich experience for us
and for you, the people, as
well."
Cuba, he said, had benefit-
ed from its participation in
Carifesta Dr. Suardiaz said
that he was particularly in-
terested in the creative skills
of the --uteelband players.
And all around he and his
colleagues felt "the warmth
of friendship" of the people
of Guyana and from other
participating countries in the
region.
On the return to Havana
they will be producing a
brief film documentary on
Carifesta
On Friday night on seeing
Prime Minister Burnham and
Mrs. Burham at the Cul-
tural Centre for Cuba's final
presentation for Carifesta,
Dr. Suardiaz invited them
backstage at the end of the
show, to meet the men and
women who had sung and
danced their way into the
hearts of the thousands who
had been entertained and
educated by them.


Like people elsewhere in
the Caribbean, so many
Guyanese had come to be so
preoccupied about reports of
food shortages, violence ando
political repression in Cuba,
that to see the Cubans illu-
strate in their paintings,
photography, literary works,
and through their songs and
dances, the cultural life in
Cuba, particularly the Afro.
Cuban element, was, in there
words of one Guyanese social
commentator. "a grand ex- ..
perience."
Their rendition of the
patriotic song: "How beauti-
fui is Cuba" to climax the
evening's performance (See
Page 2) sent the audience
responding with thunderous
and sustained applause for'
an encore.
Backstage, IMr. Burnham
and 1\.s. Burnham 4ao ..
themseLves surrounded by.
the Cuban artistes ..;: photo-
graphs for the press, warm
handshakes of congratula-
tions to the performing ar- :
tistes, a word with Director
Suardiaz, and then music.
And then Mr. Burbhal 7
found himse~ f facing A
charming Afro-Cuban ni her
colourtul skin-fittiTn" geb-ra
stripe costume, waiting f.ot
a dance'The Prime, Minlot
seemed only too-ready' to
show that pressing politie*
develoxpents in which he.
has been caught. 6p ever
since becoming the beatXg09
government, have not 4-
fected his a&If t0o ,ui it
least a feiv pees asroo the
stage.
Everyone was laughing Ia
this atmosphere of friend
ship and merry-making. And
soon Mrs. Buniham too wba
gently held-by th; hand;t
a spot of dancing, while'
other Cuban carried al
by the mood of the mome
placed a broad straw hat on 4j
Mr Burrnham's head, urgkii
him to dance again.
The Cubans left around- 6
p:m: yesterday on their Ru.s-
sian-built aircraft. But, if
present negotiations btweef .
Havana 4and Georgetown ma-
terialise. as expected, then
another group of F'idebstasb
should be back not long
from Ijw This time. how-
ever, it will not be for a3
cultural event, but diplomkx "
tic.
Guyana's Prime llinis(er Forbes 'urulhami joins a danueu
erom Cuba's Co.nju.iilt Folklorico Naelonal for an internal,
tonal rhumba backstage at the Cultural Centre on Friday
nfrht.




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