PSRSFECTIVE-PBESAT ALD FUTURE
Apart from helping to forge a greater cultural awareness
among the many peoples of the Caribbean and Latin America, GARIFESTA
aims at being entertaining, inspirational and educational,
Some 100 shows portraying the cultures of the 31 partici-
pating countries will make CARIFESTA truly entertaining, enlightening
and inspirational. Thousands of overseas visitors will be immersed
in a Festival atmosphere of artistic creativity peculiar to the people
who live in and around the great gulf that is the Caribbean. One
thousand writers,-artists, musicians, dancers and folklorists living
in the Festival City artistic community will exchange ideas and
techniques in a unique cultural atmosphe-a.
A number of literary symposia and international exhibitions
of paintings, sculpture, books and photo.-raphy, based on the'ltheme
"The Land and its Peoples" will add to the educational dimensin of
the three-weak cultural exposition. N .
Although CARIFE3TA has not yet taken place, questions are
being asked about plans for future C-uiIFRsrAS. This is one decision
which must be left to the creative personalities who will be taking
part in this first Ca.iJFESTA, a decision which will depend not merely
on box office returns or popularity pools, but on the determination
of the writers, artists and performers themselves.
It is their determination over the years which gave reality
to the idea of a Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts. It will be
their dedication and perservance which will keep the spirit of
CARIFESTA alive in the years ahead.
History and Arts Council,