UNITY TEE'IE OF CARIFSTi. MAGIC
CARIFESTA '72 like some magic force is creating the
emergence of a geophysical and social phenomena among the lands and
peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. This 22-day Festival of
Arts is bringing together a thousand cultural representatives of
nearly 200,000,000 people from 30 countries in the region.
'This movement towards a unique, cultural togetherness,
never before seen in the history of the region, had its birth six
years ago in the dreams of a CD.ribbean leader--Forbes Burnham, Prime
Minister of Guyana.
This dream was told to leading writers and artists when
they met in Guyana for the country's Independence and Republic Cele-
brations in 1966 and 1970 respectively.
The Guyaha leader had a vision then of a coming together
of the cream of the region's artists and art works. He had a vision
of a Cultural Festival really depicting the life of the people at the
grassroots their myth, lore and aspirations, of literature inspired
by the passionate temperament of the West Indian and paintings inspired
by the tropical jungles of Guyana and other native habitats of our latin
American neighbours and the beautiful water of the Caribbean with its
gemlike islands, of sculpture visualising the forms of our forefathers
in the dim and distant past, of Makonaima and the Legend of Kaieteur,
Oxala and Yemanja.
That dream and vision hre now a stark reality. CARIFDSTA
with its symbol--a brown, creative hand grasping the sunlight--will,
in a few months, transform Guyana into a cultural haven in which all
the artistic beauty of the region will blossom forth in enchanting
From August 25 to September 15 thousands will converge on
Festival City, the $750.000 ultre-modern Cultural Centre and the
National Park--both situated in Georgetown, Guyana--to witness a most
beautiful and historic fusion of Third World Cultures. They will
witness through the medium of literature, art, Folk Art, Drama, music,
etc. the portraying of all the cultural individualisms of the region-
symbolised by infectious sunny smiles and tantalising rhythms, calypso,
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voodoo drums, masquerade, frevo and sitar-blended with the sea and
the breeze, mountains, falls, llanos and valleys, and be inspired
educated and above all entertained at the end of it all.
Six years ago the vision of CARIF=STL '72 was merely .a
dream of a statesman. Today, it is on the lips of millions in the
region whet' i 'ey speak Spanish, English, Portuguese, Dutch, French
or one musical Patois.
To-oi -*n comes and with it the realisation of this
historic cultural extrevaganza, this festival of love; telling tales
through all the art forms of the freedom struggles of our peoples and
leaving behind a metaphysical monument of unity on land, sea and in
the hearts of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.
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