FESTIVAL CITY A CREATIVE COMMUNE
Georgetown will not be the same during the three weeks
of CARIFESTA '72. Which city could be, when a thousand ex-
ponents of the creative arts from thirty countries and visitors
come to see them perform, converge for an occasion of the
magnitude of the Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts.
And Festival City, the city within Georgetown where
the participants in this historic exposition of the indigenous
cultures of the region will live from August 25 to September 15,
is being prepared with all the physical attributes of an
No fences. Just hedges and shrubbery and landscaping
executed by the Curator of the Botanical Gardens. In the
homey garden-suburb atmosphere -.150 three-bedroomed houses
on stilts furnished with Neebee reed furniture made by Guyanals
Amerindian Community. And contingency arrangements being
made for extra accommodation. According to Mr. Horace Caines,
CARIFESTA's Placement Officer the entire decor of the
CARIFESTA houses will utilise local articles, ornaments, floral
arrangements and so on.
The furnishings said Mr. Gaines, a former Information
Officer with the Guyana High Commission in London are made
up of a sofa, two chairs and a coffee table for each house.
They have almost all been completed through the co-operation
of Sister Theresa La Rose of the Interior Development
Department who is in constant touch with the Amerindian manu-
facturers of the intricately designed furniture.
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Festival City is situated in North Ruimveldt, East of
Tucville on the outskirts of Georgetown. When completed it
will be self contained and sufficient with its own Bank and
Post Office, Resident Doctor and Nurses on duty, Police
Station and Fire Brigade, Laundry Depot and other services.
Says It. Caines, an attempt is also being made to add
a creative touch to dining at Festival City. In lieu of a
dining hall the possibility of utilising condemned railway
coaches gaily painted, renovated and converted into dining
cars is being explored.
The coaches will be arranged in square formation en-
closing a stage which would facilitate artists' rehearsals
and act as a night club setting for the evenings.
In this setting no doubt will take place the in-
evitable cross fertilisation of the pot-pourri of cultures
which will electrify the CARIFESTA Festival City atmosphere.
A 24-hour canteen providing snacks will facilitate
the entertainment of artists' guests who will not be permitted
in the dining hall,
Festival City will be just right for the meshing of
artistic vibrations but it is not expected that the
Caribbean artists will remain there for the duration of their
stay in Guyana. Arrangements are being made for adequate
transportation services ..... from Festival City to the
various venues of their performances,