Group Title: CARIFESTA I - 1972
Title: What is Carifesta
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Title: What is Carifesta
Series Title: CARIFESTA I - 1972
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Publication Date: 1972
Spatial Coverage: Guyana -- Georgetown
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What is Carifesta? CARIFESTAAIMSTO:

.... depict the life of the people of the region their
heroes, morale, myth, traditions, beliefs,
creativeness, ways of expression.

.... show the similarities and the differences of
the people of the Caribbean and Latin America.

.... create a climate in which art can flourish so
that artists would be encouraged to return to
their homeland.

awaken a regional identity in Literature.

.... stimulate and unite the cultural movement
throughout the region.

CARIFESTA is a three weekexposition of art in all its
forms music, dance, drama, sculpture, painting,
literature, craft, photography, folkart from 31
Caribbean and Latin American countries.
It's varied programme will include exhibitions, dis-
plays, demonstrations, concerts, recitals, discussions,
pageantry, plays, an amusement park, and a youth

CARIFESTA will extend from August 25 to
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This varies from elaborate musical productions
like Aptigua's Ballade Antigua to the realism of
Trinidad's Tragi-comedy Rose Slip. Comedy, fantasy,
ritual, history, folk plays and legend all are on stage
during the three weeks of CARIFESTA.

Concerts, recitals and musical shows provide
tantalising folk rhythms, soul searching jazz, as -
well as pop, classics and ballet. There will be
Indian tablas, African drums, Caribbean steel pans,
piano, violin, flute and guitar in other words
music for every taste; including the Madrigalistas
de Aragua of Venezuela.

Exhibitions of sculpture, graphics, paintings, draw-
ings, and photographs are a visual testimony of each
country's art forms. Guyanese artists will mount several
one-man exhibitions among them Philip Moore, who is
at present Artist-in-Residence at Princeton University,


Groups from over a dozen countries reveal "
the colour and the mystery of Caribbean and Latin
American folklore and legend, among them the Conjunct'
Folklorico Nacionale of Cuba, Shango Dancers from
Trinidad, Shac Shac musicians from Dominica.

Among the unusual events at CARl-
FESTA will be live demonstrations on
ceramics, wood carving, painting and

This part of the programme is all
embracing it covers courtly Javanese
dancing, intricate ballet steps, earthy
folk plays, dramatic modern
choreography, classical Indian
movements, spontaneous
improvisations and pop. The Viva
Bahia Dancers of Brazil will give
several performances.

A three day Youth Festival is also planned.
This includes a Pageant of the People, mass singing
of Guyanese songs, CARIFESTA pop, march past ol
school children, and art it action.

Most of the shows will have a second run at"
Guyana's National Park to facilitate those who miss
the first performances.

An Anthology of New Writing in the Caribbean area is
being prepared for CARIFESTA. There will also be
poetry recitals and lecture discussions at the University
of Guyana and at the Carnegie Free Library.


The song "Welcome to CARIFESTA"
composed and sung by popular Guyanese
calypsonian Malcolm Corrica (Lord Canary) has
been chosen as the CARl FESTA Theme Song.


Welcome to CAR IF ESTA '72
Oh what a great cultural break-through
The whole Caribbean territory,
South and Central America will be
Getting together and taking part
In this Festival of Creative Arts STAMP
Where drama, concerts, folk groups and
Art and literature will be in The CARIFESTA '72 Stamp
exuberance. designed by Guyanese artist George
Bowen will be released on the first day

CARIFESTA '72 Persons interested in the collection
CAR IFESTA I'm inviting you of philatelic souvenirs will be able to
To twenty-two days of education, buy first day covers in eight,
frolic and fun, twenty-five, forty and fifty cents
CARIFESTA'72 denominations from August 25
CARl FESTA it's a big to-do CARIFESTA's opening day.
We welcome you to CARIFESTA '72
The CARIFESTA symbol, main
The dark hand rising grasping the sun, feature of the design of the new stamp
Depicts the skills and aspirations of was created by Billy Ryan Enterprises,
the tropical man with talent untold, an Antigua based advertising agency.
All of this CARIFESTA will unfold,
The children pageant, the childrenI
art exhibition
Will sure please your heart.
So book your passage B.W.I.A.
For CAR I FESTA '72 right away.




The origin of CARIFESTA '72, the Caribbean
Festival of the Creative Arts to be held in Guyana
from August 25 to September 15 lies in history. Two
successive Conferences of outstanding Caribbean
Writers and Artists in 1966 and 1970 recommended
to the Prime Minister of Guyana that they would
welcome the invitation to an annual Festival of the

The Prime Minister had related his vision of a
cultural mecca for the region's people. It was a vision
of peoples with roots deep in Asia, Europe and Africa
coming together to share, to perform their art forms.
The dream embraced the literature inspired by our
peculiar Caribbean temperament, paintings inspired
by our tropical jungles and art visualising our
forefathers in the distant past.


More than a thousand creative artists drawn from
the peoples of more than 30 Caribbean and Latin
American countries will display the creative activity
of music, dance, drama, folk art, painting, sculpture,
photography and literature. Thousand of visitors will
be attracted by the art forms of the peoples of the
wider Caribbean and will revel in the cultural cosmos
of lore and legend mixed with the gay spontaneity of
the Caribbean and Latin America peoples.

The programme is expected to include the folk
chants and movements of the Conjunto Nacional of
Cuba, the exotic Ibo dancers from Haiti and the
sophisticated National Dance Company of Jamaica.

Masquerade bands and Steel bands from participat-
ing countries will lead the masses in Caribbean style
through the streets of the capital of the Co-operative
Republic, also expected are the colour of the Djuka
and the Javanese from Surinam and the unique
Rastafarian folk artists from Jamaica.

Guyana the host country is sparing no resource and
energy to achieve a Festival of unprecedented


Including s Air fares
Transportation at site
Sightseeing tours

BARTICA (one day tour) Monday, Wednesday &
$40 per person
S30 per person in groups of 10 or more
Swimming, fishing at Byderabo Beach.
El Nido Club
BARTICA (3 days 2 nights) Saturday to Monday
$70 per person Monday to Wednesday
$110 double occupancy
* Special tours can be arranged to
Kykoveral, Tiperu, .\ratak Island,
Penal Settlement, Lusaka Island.

SAVANNAH TOURS (one day) Saturday & Sunday
$90 per person (minimum 20 persons)
* Tour includes lunch at NManari Ranch
Hotel, snacks and swimming at
Orinduik Falls, overflying Kaiettur
Fall, visiting Lethem and Brazilian
floating shops.

SAVANNAH TOURS (two nights, three days)
Monday to Wednesday-Wednesday to Friday
$140 single Saturday to Monday
S130 double
* Arrangements can be made for visits to
Pan Lake, Moco Moco Falls, Makushi,
Pirara, Fishing, Riding, Boating.
MATTHEWS RIDGE (3 days 2 nights)
Saturday to Monday-Monday to Wednesday-
592 per person
* Hunting, visiting Arakaka gold dredge,
agricultural project, waterfalls,
tennis, golf, archery, indoor games
on request,

KAIETEUR (day trips) Wednesday & Saturday
$45 per person

/Transportation to and from
Timehri Airport $6.00 per person.
Fares quoted in Guyana Dollars
(US Sl= G $2 approx)





Two hunlnd-ed coltagves at Fcslival City in South
east Georgetown will house the CARIFESTA artists.
Furniture fashioned out of neebee reeds by Guyana's
Amerindians will decorate the cottages of this unique
cultural community. Guide interpreters will take care
of visitors from non-English speaking countries.
Special arrangements with hotels, guest houses and
private homes will ensure that official guests and the
crowds of visitors for the three-week Festival will find
accommodation in Georgetown. Special package
tours are being offered by the two official carriers for
CARIFESTA B.W.I.A. which operates in the
Caribbean area, and Cruzeiro do Sol which operates
mainly in the Latin American area.


CARIFESTA '72 with its symbol a brown hand
grasping the sunlight will also bring together for the
first time most of the great revolutionary writers in
and around the Caribbean. Writers like Nicolas
Guillen of Cuba, Aisne Ccsaire of Martinique, C. 1.. R.
James of Trinidad, Rex Nettleford of Jamaica, Wilson
Harris of Guyana and Rene Piquion of Haiti will addc,
dimensions of colour and interest to the CARI FESTA
literary scene, when they discuss their work and
techniques. A multilingual anthology "New Writing
in the Caribbean" is being published for
CARIFESTA. The thirty countries invited by Guyana
to share in the three-week Cultural Carnival of folk
rhythms, lore and legend are listed below:-

Antigua Jamaica
Barbados Martinique
Bahamas Mexico
Belize Montserrat
Bermuda Netherlands Antilles
Brazil Panama
Chile Peru
Colombia Puerto Rico
Cuba St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla
Dominica St. Lucia
Dominican Republic St. Vincent
French Guiana Surinam
(;renada Trinidad & Tlol.tgo
Guadeloupe U.S. Virgin Islands
Haiti Venezuela.

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