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PM to [ur]ge regional approach to culture at W I summit : Artists told: Think as Caribbean nation
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/CA00199941/00001
 Material Information
Title: PM to urge regional approach to culture at W I summit : Artists told: Think as Caribbean nation
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Singh, Rickey
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/8/1972
Subjects / Keywords: 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.
 Record Information
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
System ID: CA00199941:00001

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PM to

ge regional approach to culture at W summit

Burnhar':, has called on the
writers and artists of the
Caribbean to deepen their in-
volvement in the process of
redressing an intolerable
situation whereby the stories,
histories, and many parts of
the region's culture, like its
archives, were to be found
outside of the Caribbean.
The Prime Minister, ad-
dressing the opening session
of a two-day Writers and art-
ists conference at the Univer-
sity of Guyana as part of the
current three-week cultural
festival, said that his govern-'
ment stood ready to give
whatevayr assistance may be
possible to help "these impor-
tant citizens of the region"
in contributing to the cul-
tural identity and national-
ism of the Caribbean people.
Mr. Burnham pledged to
influence other Caribbean
governments at next month's
Heads of Government Con-
ference in Trinidad in taking
a concerted regional approach
to cultural development.
Speakiing on the theme of
the conference: "The Artist
in Society wvitt -Special Re-
ference to the Third World",
Mr. Burnham told his audi-
ence. which included a num-
ber of visiting authors, poets,
paintezi, playwrights and
"We understand your pro-
blen, BuL do your best to
nita 4 rrY i'br da Canri--
bean nation,. Think .as some I
of our most ilnportant citi-
zens of tibe region at this
time.... Borrow ideas, if
you nmu&t. Bot there must
be a differeflce between bor-
rowing and plgiarism,....
Then warning against the
dangers of Jl1prting into the
region what 1he described as
"the madness of0.th develop-
ed world", Sir. Burnham urg-
ed: "We ;flst not make of
ourselves th bronze version
of Norlt America and
Laer. two oiter Guyanese,
Dr. Cordo Roihehr the
University o thle West Indles,

and Mr. Denis Williams, art- tries, and were unknown by
ist, made their contributions them, and of course undesir-
to yesterday's discussions on ed. before European world
"The Artist in Society", by expansion beginning in the
speaking, respectively, ,on 17th Century.
"Literature and Society", and Earlier, in his opening a, "Art ad Society." dress, Prime MiiTster Burn."
Dr. Rohlehr spoke in the ham expressed'"his "disgust
main lecture theatre of the and -disapointment" with
UG while in another section those writers, artist and
of the university Mr. Wil- others Qf the region who lik
liams was delivering his ad- to distinguish themselves by
dress, their contributions outside of
Dr. Rohlehr in a penetrat- the Caibbean.
ing analysis of the relation-
ship between literature and
the English-speaking Carib-
bean s~clety over the past
three decades, told his audi-
ence that the current "spirit
of regionalism" had long be-
fore been embraced and fos-
tered by writers of Guyana
and the West Indies. (SEE
In dealing with the "crea-
tive artist in society", Mr.
W'lliarm reminded his audi-
ence that all the plastic arts
as practised in the Caribbean
today, and the professional-
ism inherent in their prc-
t1oe "stems from the Europ-
ean bourgeois period....
"They do not". he added,
"emerge from the particular
history of any of these coun-





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