Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Now a cultural federation
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Title: Now a cultural federation
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Dean, Darryl
Publisher: Sunday Gaurdian
Publication Date: 9/10/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Port of Spain
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: CA00199960
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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Now a cultural federation

Ax tousanea watched,
the' huge brown hand--
oficial symbol of the Carib-'
bean Festival of Arts (Carl-
esta) slowly ascended
oer the National Park, a
large open air stadtm-
here, three Fridays aggo,
Some saw the hand as
"grasping the sunlight."
Others at the official open-
lag of Carifesta saw it as
beckoning writers and art-
iis of Third World :coun.
tries in the Western Hemis-
gtere to a place in the sun..
For the hand has brought
tb Guyana a rich diversity
df talents from many coun-
tilis in the Caribbean and
Lifin America.
And for once this city has
theme a cultural mecca,
tte likes of which have
'near been seen here be-
Carifesta has so far at-
tested a total of nearly
4XB performers, artists
anl writers from more than
a sore of countries in the
(Cambbean and Latin Ame-

MBre in Guyana where al-
must every single event is
smtminized for political im-
RIliniations and motives, some
dkms have dismissed Cart-
fifltl as "another Burnham
_inmick" aimed at winning
fiiaas and enhancing his
MmA image.
'ut at the official opening
offW e festival on August 25
l]t Guyana's Prime Minis.
t" Burnham held out a
message of hope for the
minag together ot West fIa
"Hia people in a kind ot
"btu~ratl federation "
ir. Burnham whoem hittia.
,ties for a West Indies state
Hwen't yet borne frtt w--
ildbd that when he was a
S"Britailnia ruledFI the

"It. is time nw," he said,
"for as in the Caribbean to
rue the waves in the Carib-
bean, not nly in political
terms, not only in economic
termi bat also in cultural
Mr. Burnham spoke of
the festival as an indication
of "our commitment to the
concept that the Caribbean
Is a nation, our commit-
ment to the right of the
Caribbean to speak out in the
world not as satellites or
appendages of other nations
but as ome single nation."
Mr. Burnhani's message,
must have provided food for
For a major talking. -point
among writers and artists
here is the question of closer
relations between Th ir d
World peoples in the arts.
Lennox Brown, a Trinidatd-
ian playwright at the festi-
val, remarked that a lot of
West Indian writers did not
'know me another.
"What Carifesta has suc-
ceeded in doing is allowing
us to meet our colleagues
hrom the French speaking,
Dutch speaking and Spanish
speaking areks of the Carib-
bean as well as our English
speaking brothers," he said.
"And or the lrst time we
are having a 'c ultral fede-
ration"' he remarked
6tht Poltiei edeatio
failed, Maylbe Oametime we
Will have a IB Medmr-
eon, htifhe It riVtom wNVl
brngn a potteal tteratrion
to the WOst I9tin rw t
otv eaft in th' *ilek Ir
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After the dramatic asdent
of the symbolic hand at the
official opening, masque-
raders took over the open-
air stage at the National
Park in the Trinidad Carni-
val style "jump up" a scene
that* momentarily transport-
ed me back to Port-of-Spain.
"Williams has his Carnival
but Burnham has his Cari-
festa. So watch out," one
Guyanese participant who
learned that I was Trinidad-
ian declared with a wiik.
Later that .evening at the
cultural centre here Louise
BEnnett, the- Jamaican art-
iste, stole the hearts of the
Guyanese people with her
music and humour.
It was hard not to fall in
love with Louise Bennett. I
know I had fallen in love
with her during the lifetime
of the West Indies Federation
more than a decade ago.
When I saw her- again in
Guyana after so many years
my heart went out ag a to
this Jamaican ambassador
of folk humour and music .
- In the programme of folk
music and dance in which
she 'appeared, aptly entitled
-"All Kinds of Folk," Auntie
Lbu as she was called on-
stage, was welcomed to Cari-
festa by Guyana's own
Auntie Comsee, who is also
a favourite among Guyanese
for her folk humour.
It was a touching moment
when Auntie Comsee wel.
comed Jamaican Auntie Lou
with a Jamaican folk song,
'Les Time Gal MeNevah
3See You'"
suddenly it semedC the
it the West ndies
MUtta, dtead more than
'ten v6an was Hretted,
'U VaM1, vaeMt was
Oe t~*,a :Carhath vat
tf t"e a 1%a totba
Vt VANli wtse vvfoww*
'WBBst fal-CS PetOeWBiB
"11 q tlb sea wea any ww
'rite na lidf witBH their eha-

cha-cha and Afro rhythms.
With more than 60 artistes
the Cuban contingent to
.Carifesta included members
of the Conjunto Folklorico'
Nacionale the National
Folklore Group of Cuba
and members of one of the
leading orchestras in Cuba,
Orquesta Aragon.
.Then suddenly the stage
was taken over by dancing
couples with the Cubans
belting on the rhythms.
The Cuban folk group with
. their professionally executed
dances was a special deliht,
to watch. And so was the
National Dance theatre cm-
pany of Jamaica.

The Jamaican girp bead-
ed by Rex NetUltle d wn
lavish paise from aSdiames
. here;-'
Another impiesdsa bhuM
of the festival was the &
cellent drumina ftom se'
groups as the Cubans a the
"Viva Bahia" group of Bn-
The "Viva Bahia" grow
performed dances Ikt the
"Candomble" which reanac
ed the rituals of the religil
brought to Brazil by the
Afric a slaves M likeZt
poeira," a manner of tfig
ing which is now practiced
as a dance with participant
somersaulting, leaping and
kicking to the sound of
Veaneela's contribution to
.the festival was Uwell W
eltved. That country'a most
famous choral group Las
Madrialistas of the state of
Aragua was In Guyana as
part of a current South
American trip.
While the scial problem
ot writer and ardits in the
Tird World t a matter of
majo dtsc~satsn hre, girl
watchem are haitg a btld

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