Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Governments must be involved in CARIFESTA
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Title: Governments must be involved in CARIFESTA
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Hill, Errol
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/13/1972
Subject: 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.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199971
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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Governments must be

involved in Carifesta

TRINIDAD dramatist-
Errol Hill regards Carifesta
as an event which cannot
escape "total involvement by
governments" because of its
scope and the immense cost
involved in its staging.
"There is no possibility
whatever of an event of this
size being staged without the
fullest participation of the
governments, concerned, "Mr.
Hill told a Press conference
Monday. "And in Guyana, I
poticed no rigid autocratic
governmental control as far
as the writers' participation
was concerned," the author
of "Dance Bongo" main-
taised& .
He referred to claim by
other writers that they were
,ot called upon to partici-
pate meaningfully and in-
sisted that with a bit of extra
work, any writer here, for
the ouilural exposition could
make a contribution. He il-
lustrated this by pointing to
the initiative of Trinidad
playwright Lennox Brown
who was instrumental in
having his play recorded
with a local cast and which
will be broadcast on the
local radio before the close
of the festival.
He spoke too of noticing
"tentative Indian participa-
tion in Carifesta" and he
felt that this was regrettable
as there was a "vast source
of Indian culture to be tap-
ped in the region." Errol
fill is not too taken with
pon-Indians perforanng In-
dian dances.
'"The Indian broom dance
I saw at the Cultural Centre
on Saturday night was one
I had helped to produce in
Trinidad and I would rather
Aot see it performed at all
than have it done wit a

non.Indian cast." He feels
that much of the savour im-
parted by the Indian dancers
was lost when non-Indians
were in the cast.
He admitted that integra-
tion was the inevitable goal,
but "we must be careful not
to attempt to fuse the cul-
tures too soon. They must
be allowed to blossom on
their own."
Errol Hill has worked in
the Caribbean theatre for
maIly years and had served
in drama at the University
of the West Indies from 1953
to 1965.
Now a professor in drama
at Dartmouth University in

Errol Hill
the USA he dreams of 1
truly indigenous Caribbean
theatre, developing the muli-
tude of form to be found a
the region.
Of all the shows he bad
view while in Georgetown,
Errol Hill pinpointed the
four he had liked most.
These are Michael Gilkes's
"Couvade" in which he was
struck by the serious intent
of the playwright and the
competent presentation, "e
gend of Kaieteur" wif its
"prodigious output of ere-
ative energy," the show by
the Jamaica National Dance
Theatre for its craft and dis-
cipie and "Banjo Man"z,
w as a theatre piece,
"was not surpassed at the
He spoke of a great deal
of unevenness in this initial
Carifesta, with too many
pieces either being too folksy
or too commercial
But now was the time for
refining, the time to jetUson
what has been vulgarised
and to go on to staging fu-
ture festivals of increased
artistic excellence, he aid.

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