Title: CARIFESTA X commemorative stamps go on sale
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/CA00100686/00001
 Material Information
Title: CARIFESTA X commemorative stamps go on sale
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: Nauth, Priya
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Wednesday, 20 August 2008, pages 2 & 10
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Douglas, Sir James
Abstract: Article reports on the launching of the series of stamps to commemorate CARIFESTA X 2008. Also provides information on the issue of other commemorative items, including a coin, postcards.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100686
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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By Priya Nauth
A SERIES of stamps to com-
memorate the tenth Carib-
bean Festival of Creative Arts
(CARIFESTA X), from august
22 to 31, went on sale yester-
The formal introductory
ceremony was held in the foyer
of the General Post Office
(GPO) building, Robb Street,
Acting Postmaster General,
Mr. Henry Dundas, said the
new stamps will be among the
collector's items and, at the
same time, earn revenue for
Guyana Post Office Corpora-
tion (GPOC) while depicting the
symbol of CARIFESTA unity
on each.
"We, at the post office, ea-
gerly look forward to these
historic and beautiful events
when, as a corporate body, we
can be part of the activities,"

he admitted.
Dundas said: "In keeping
with national, regional and inter-
national responsibility to link
our country to the world, I take
this opportunity to say that,
long after CARIFESTA X would
have concluded in Guyana, this
series of stamps, which is
launched today, would remind
persons, the world over, of the
But he contended that the
stamps are more than just
collector's items and can be lik-
ened to a roving ambassador, in
that in whatever country, village
or home they enter, they remind
persons that CARIFESTA X
was held in Guyana in the year
"So the roving ambassador
stamps will also offer a glimpse
into Guyana's cultural, artistic
and historical heritage," Dundas
"It is our desire to use this

occasion to revive and stir up
interest, again, in philately,"
Chairman of GPOC Board of
Directors, Bishop Juan Edghill
He said the importance and
impact of stamp collections and
persons showing interest in it
have waned and died and he en-
couraged persons to revive it.
Bishop Edghill said the
Inter-Governmental Phila-
telic Corporation (IGPC) of
New York will also be releas-
ing the stamps for sale
around the world in the
philatelic market.
"While we are launching the
stamps here in Georgetown, we
are doing the same thing in New
Amsterdam, Linden, Anna
Regina and Parika and, from to-
day, these stamps will.become
available throughout our net-
work," he announced.
"But we do not want these
stamps just to be bought:t6"mail.

the souvenir coin from Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Dr Gobind Ganga at a
presentation ceremony at Office of the President yesterday. The Central Bank has
pointed out that the coin is made of cupro-nickel and was minted in limited quantity by
the North American Mint Incorporated. The reverse of the coin depicts the Carifesta
logo designed by Keith Bernard while the obverse depicts the National Coat of Arms of
Guyana. (Sonell Nelson photo)

It is going to be the only time
in the history of the post office
you would have a CARIFESTA

the character of a country, tell
you about the history of the
people and a number of other


X stamp," Edghill emphasised.
He said the CARIFESTA X
stamps can be purchased as
gifts or souvenirs.
"These stamps make great
gift items. Stamps speak about

things," Edghill noted.
Advocating that children
should know the importance
of collecting stamps, he said
he hopes, among the various
CARIFESTA items, they

would be looking for. the fa-
mous Caribbean CARIFESTA
"These would make great
gift items," Edghill suggested,
pointing to a developing trend
that, apart from giving of gold
and precious stones, stamps are
becoming a very prized item."
He explained that the post
office plays a very important
role by offering a number of ser-
vices to the public.
"We are seeking to continue
our modernisation plan to en-
sure that we can be able to
match our competitors, both lo-
cally and internationally and
that can only happen when all
of our partners come onboard
with us, understanding the
changes that we are making, giv-
ing us continual guidance and
advice and support, by making
use of our services and our
products," Edghill said.
He added: "If every
Guyanese just buys one
CARIFESTA X stamp and puts
it in an album...you never know
what the value will be some,
years from now."
Minister of Culture, Youth
and Sport, Dr Frank Anthony,
giving an overview; said several
innovations were made for this
He said there are more
than 25 venues in and around
the city of Georgetown and
Region Four (Demerara/
Mahaica), with others in Re-
gions Two (Pomeroon/
Supenaam), Three (West
Demerara/Essequibo Islands),
Five (Mahaica/Berbice), Six
Please turn to page ten

'CARIFESTA X stamps': From left, Chairman of the Board of Directors GPOC, Bishop Juan
Edghill, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Frank
Anthony at the formal launching of the CARIFESTA X stamps.(Photos by Sonell Nelson)

Jay, August 20, 2008

10 GUYANA CHMIMCLE Wednesday, August 20, 2008

CARIFESTA X commemorative ...
From page two
(East Berbice/Corentyne) and Ten (Upper Demerara/Berbice), which will host community
Anthony said, so far, at least 30 countries have confirmed participation with close to 15,000 par-
He said the opening ceremony on Friday will see close to 1,000 children performing, a choir of
some 500 schoolchildren with a total of 3,328 persons involved in the highly-anticipated function.
The minister said events include grand markets, dance, amn c and drama, book fairs and exhibi-
tions, youth village, visual arts festival and exhibits, super concerts, a fashion component, religious
concerts and culinary arts.
"We are using Guyana as the platform to showcase the Caribbean culture to the rest of the world,
so this is a very important opening ceremony," Anthony said.
He mentioned that a special commemorative coin has been minted by the Bank of Guyana for
CARIFESTA and a number of other memorabilia will be available, such as t-shirts and postcards.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, in his remarks, exhorted persons to purchase the first day covers
and informed that, next Monday, a philatelic exhibition will take place in the GPOC building at Lamaha
and Carmichael Streets.
On that occasion, stamps of Guyana and other Caribbean countries and the Sir James Douglas
stamp will be on display.
Douglas, Guyanese born, was regarded as the Founding Father of British Columbia.
Available yesterday, too, were frames, bags, cups, albums/folders and postcards.

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