Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: CARIFESTA's 'great profit'
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 Material Information
Title: CARIFESTA's 'great profit'
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Sunday Chronicle
Publication Date: 9/17/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199649
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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CARIFESTA Commlssioner
Frank Pilgrim has stated that
the three-week cultural event
had "a great Invisible profit"
Which could not be reckoned
in financial terms.
He told newsmen that Guy-
ana "is a vastly different place
from what it has been-before
He said some of the benefits
Were that the people had be-
come more culturally aware,
had found out their cultural
Potential, had become concert-
goers, and had learnt the dif-
ference between going to the
cinema and going to a stage
He further announced that
the CARIFESTA Secretariat
Would prepare a comprehen-
sive report on the festival. He
felt this would be a back.
ground paper for the Prime
Minister, who has stated that
he would ask Caribbean


SHeads of Governments to
t make the festival a continu-
ting institution.
Mr. Pilgrim said it was diffi-
cult to assess such details as
the overall cost of CARIFESTA
Sbut all of this would be includ-
ed in the report. He indicated
that a preliminary assessment
showed that gate receipts from
all shows totalled some
That, he said, was consider-
ably more than the Secre-
tariat had anticipated. It had
been felt originally that, after
the first few days, the attend-
ance at shows would drop to
66 per cent during the week
and increase to full houses at
week-ends; but at almost all
shows there had been full
But he did not know whether
this meant there had been an
,overall profit, since it had
been expensive to put on
some of the shows.
stoner disclosed that the
UNESCO had contributed just
over $20,000 (G) to Gqyana
for hosting the festival, in addi-
tion to more than $30,000 (G)
to the smaller territories to
help defray expenses to parti-
cipate in the show.
He described efforts by the
CARIFESTA Secretariat as hav-i
ing been "a very hard grind,
a continuous thing." For, while
other international events had
lasted only a few days, this
had stayed for 22 days and!
had been "a very tremendous
Mr. Pilgrim told reporters he
felt "like a maternity doctor
the morning after delivery of
twins." He was pleased it had
come off well, and, while a
number of errors had been
made, the organisation had

been so well done as to dor-
rect these in time.
He praised the visiting
groups for being "very co-
operative and very understand-
Replying to a queaston, he
said that Onofficially a lot of
In an eight-point explanation
talk had gone on about the
future of CARIFESTA. but
there had been no concrete
indication as to which country
would host the next event.
He told newsmen he was
confident the entire Guyanese
nation had been involved in
the three-week exercise, be-
cause "even those who were
against It were Involved In the
sense that they were involved
Mr. Pilgrim declared that
CARIFESTA had been con-
ceived not as pro-African but
as pro-Caribbean. He defend-
ed the "slavery content" of
shows as the emergence of
"one of the truths of the Carl-
bean, coming out."
The Secretariat is expected
to remain in operation for at
east another month to com-
plete work on the festival.


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