Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: CARIFESTA is like putting the whole world on stage
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Title: CARIFESTA is like putting the whole world on stage
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Hunter, Oliver
Publisher: Sunday Graphic
Publication Date: 6/18/1972
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: CA00199657
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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Sunday Graphic, Sunday, June 18, 1972. Page 5.

Carifesta is like

putting the whole

world on stage

WHERE do we start talk-
ing about the cultures to be
represented, at .CARIFESTA
'72? Must we.go back to the
second century and the limes
of the ancient South Ameri-
can peoples of Nasia Poracas
or the golden Inca palaces Of
Sapa Huascar or -the Aztec
and Maya temples of the sun
Or do we go to the plains
of India and Africa,. Europe
and the Orient?. Do we. try
to cull from the wisdom of
the Caribbean Sea which
has seen and heard so much
for epochs unknown.
The world of CARIFESTA
(from August 25 to Septem-
ber 15) is a beautiful en-
chantiug world .a world
of 200,000,000 peoples: em-
bracing East and West, past
and present. But no one
seems to know really. where
that world began; since, it
reflects cultures from every
nook and crannv of' the
world. No wonder the people
say "the whole world is
coming to CARIFESTA."
CARIFESTA will capture
and portray in a manner
never before seen or heard
the 4,000 years of rich folk
rhythms flowing through the
veins of the people of the
Caribbean and Latin Ameri-
can countries.
But to understand the
CARIFESTA panorama, to
understand, the culture of
this diversity of Deople we
must digress into the history
of the land they occupy.
But we are not going
back to the times when it- is
said that the Africans and.
Indians and the peoples.
of the lost world of Atlantis
crossed the ocean regularly
to trade with the 'indigen-
ous American peoples, long
before Colomibus. ever
dreamt of making his be-
lated discovery.
But rather we shall start
with Colombus.who discov-
ered Watling Island, Cuba
and Haiti in 1492. For that
was the real beginning of
the CARIFESTA peoples and
their world of many cultures.
For 1521 saw th ebegin-
ning of the end of the great
civilisations-the Incas,*.Ma-
yas, Aztecs. Ch.beliacs as
Cortes and Pizarro were
leading their hordes of con-
qu'stadors, men driven with
religibus zeal and lust for
the gold of America.

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wer.;the ,.Lucayos with their
strange ceremonies. In Cuba
and. Haiti- the Caciques con-
trolled the Ciboneys and -in
the Vir.gii Islands lived the
Ciguayos. To the north and
souti respectively, of.- the
Antilles lived the Caribs and.
the Arawaks.
-These along with the In-
dians of the Guianas; inelud-
ini those that brought goltd
dust ffr their "gilded one"',
were only a small part of.
the. thousands of .tribes that
occupied the land and had' a
culture of the'r own before
the adventurous' Europeans
And then the slave ilanta-
tion system, with 'ts slave
trade and iibdentureshio
traisf.ormed the New World
into an exciting. universal
cultural pot-pourri.
There was a pot-pourri of
gods of peoples of
everything. Into th:s cultural
melting pot, was thrown the
-music,,, art and
sculpture of almost every
people under the sun.
Fromm India came the tabla,
sitar, rnanj'ra. n-aara, mrid-
anga etc. From China came
gongs and cymbals, from
Africa- came the wombee,
kura dound'ou and a thou-
sand drums.
The indigenous peoples
had. instruments like botuto,
kuamo, kodi,, karui, harri
harri and sandola, and from
the many lands of Europe
other forms of music and
musical instruments came.
The Caribbean and- Latin
American countries of today
are crossbreeds of these
many cultures, offspring,
who in many cases are vig-
orous entities reflecting a
unique cultural' richness all
of their own.
And the entities which
'make up the world of
CARI'I3STA .have become
more awre: and i-intimately
cosc.oms In recent times of
Jst -they atr-....of their

dance, poetry painting, sculp- an view this pot-pourri
tre, isic and folklo cultures. This im e ag
Sea- for listed c proud peoples that be
they longer look W 'ro.ots in' all parts of
id=nsT-r ---' a .. ,sa ts; world.. it is a mediunL
D take pm inence. trurogh which we can.u-
Iraen imag .; are of the derstaid the relation o
'i : ..e env nmeo and these diverse cultures to 4i
i te t. in the Ca"ribbean verse people. .
ai LB in America ', This- exc'ing amalgam of
trying th calptu'e these pre-Colopbian, Old World
i as and modern cultural forms
The whole region, all the beauty o'f thek
to be experiencing the birth. ortuuese, Dutch, 'Ind
throw es of a cultural revolu- Spanish, French, Aricat
tion and in i are alR, tbhewilll be reflected at CARI-'
f6rces of the: anc:entIncs .FESTA in a unique setting
and Aztecs, the defiait lbos and for the first time since'
and black Caribs, the Mad- this worl of the Catibbean
rasi and Hindustani and
Mu41lirn. the European, and and Latin America t' o
the Oriental. shage.
But these Invisible forces We will see reflections ol
letting from all parts of-the the old and new world whein
gl'oe affect the creative we sit back and listen to
artists of the region,. The the Hindustani and Javanese,
a- ist -', his effort to trais- Bahian and Mexicans; the
l.te the revolutionary images National Dance Company of
is faced with many prob- Jamaica, the Madrigaliftap
lens:. of Venezuela-the whole loa
SShould he, as a national cicoming to Carifesta.
in ti's era as interpreter In short when we see the
of the here and now senti- 1.5-00 artists from .the
rnts and life of the land countries in Guyana for
-and the oolygot masses, three-week Festival we
"break up the old gods and see reflected all the cultUtr
tranimle under feet the of the Caribbean and Latin
jewels In the ancestral America peoples, arid thesa
temnles"? p people reflect the world. '
Today the people ask:
"What form should our cul-
ture take?" "What must be
OUr guiding philosophy? "
"How are we to. identify
things that are uniquceto
us. ."?
.It is a problem of finding
a. particular out .of the
cosmos'of the general.
In what perspective must
we view the Hosea riots .of
1886 and. the '-Caiboulay
riots of 1881 when people in
Trinidad died in an effort. to
preserve the folk culture?
In what perspective do we
view the voodoo of Haii
.and love. of the Chilean
people for their l.ferce Arau-
'iaiahl, heroes- who defied
those. wtho; came to, take
away the: nd? How do we
see. the redoa of .our.own
Hallelu4ah people of Am-
o makokoi'pa
C A R I F E St TA is .the
medium through which we

The conquistadors brought
their culture and their gods
and blended them with. the
.cultures of the' people whom
they met. IjLthe Sahaa

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