Title: Culture, colour and crowd at the opening of CARIFESTA X
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Title: Culture, colour and crowd at the opening of CARIFESTA X
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Publisher: Barbados Advocate, Sunday, 24 August 2008, page 19
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Programmme of Activities
Abstract: The Barbados Advocate report on Celegacy - celebration of our Caribbean legacy - CARIFESTA X opening ceremony on Friday, 22 August 2008.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100696
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
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Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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Sunday August 24, 2008 19

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THE threat of ominous
dark clouds and subse-
quent torrential show-
ers just half-hour before
the start, delayed the
start, but did not deter
the opening show for
the tenth staging of the
Caribbean Festival of
Arts in Guyana yester-
day (22 August 2008)
under the theme: One
Caribbean, One
Purpose; Our Culture
Our Life.
It certainly did not serve
as a damper to the spirit of
the 15 000 people who
poured into the Providence
Stadium to be a part of an-
other piece of history in the
thirty-six years has re-
turned home to Guyana.
Celegacy delivered what
it had promised. It was in-
deed a celebration of our
Caribbean legacy.
The lights were dimmed,
as one thousand nymph-
like dancing creatures rep-
resenting the diversity of
our Caribbean peoples ex-
ploded on to the huge
green grass parquet that
was the outer stage and ig-
nited the audience with a
blend of traditional and
contemporary dances
which merged into the illu-
sion of a traditional
Amerindian gathering
where the chief this time
in the guise of Guyana's
Minister in the Ministry of
Education Dr Desrey Fox.
From the diverse origins
of its many beautiful peo-
ples to the vast natural re-
sources residing in the
Region and the important
philosophical contributions
that the Region has made

to Caribbean and world
culture a magical moment
did indeed unfold.
The first five segments
tantalised the audience
with its richness of dance,
song and riot of colours.
Segment six was neatly
and briefly packaged with
speeches from Guyana's
Minister of Culture, Youth
and Sport, the Hon Dr
Frank Anthony; CARI-
COM Secretary General,
His Excellency Edwin W
Carrington and
Suriname's President, His
Excellency Drs. Ronald
Runaldo Venetiaan, who
has lead responsibility for
Culture in the Quasi-
Cabinet of the Conference
of Heads of Government of
Then it was time for the
President, His Excellency
Bharrat Jagdeo to declare
CARIFESTA X officially
Noting that Guyana
planned the Festival
within one year, the
Guyana President said he
was always confident that
his people could rise to the
herculean task and ac-
knowledged the critical role
played by the late Forbes
Burnham in conceptualis-
ing and initiating the first
Guyana hosted in 1972.
He pointed out that no
other festival of the magni-
tude nature and creativity
of CARIFESTA existed
anywhere in the world and
reiterated the need for the
Community to strengthen
and preserve the integrity
of the Festival as well as
Caribbean artistes whom
he acknowledged as the
bastions of CARIFESTA.

The Barbados Advocat

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