Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: CARIFESTA : Parliament of creative arts
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 Material Information
Title: CARIFESTA : Parliament of creative arts
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Republican
Publisher: New Nation
Publication Date: 4/22/1972
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: CA00199755
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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EVERYBODY is beginning to talk about
Carifesta, and it should be satisfying to the
Carifesta Secretariat to know that their organising
ability is reflected in the growing regional interest
which Carifesta has aroused.

..... by 'Republican



But the talk about
Carifesta is concerned
largely with its physical
manifestations, such as the
Cultural Centre, the
Festival City and the
arrangements by the
Secretariat to make the
Festival City self-
contained and dependent
on its own services.
These physical
manifestations are the
obvious talking points. But
what is not being
discussed, perhaps because
they are not understood,
are the implications and
significance of Carifesta:
what it symbolises in
terms of the region's
cultural development;
what it approximates
alongside Carifta; what are
the responsibilities of
Carifesta in relation to the
Cultural Revolution in
The first thing I shall do
is to put Carifesta in the
perspective of the
Caribbean Revolution.
Throughout the Caribbean
we r&cognise that there is a
revolution taking place.
In the sector of
economic development
this revolution is
noticeable in the policies
of many regional
governments who have
moved to own and/or
control industries based on
the countries' natural

The Government of
Guyana can be identified
as the vanguard of the
regional movement to own
and control our resources,
and to mobilise the savings
of the people for the
development of the
The government of Cde.
Forbes Burnham has taken
the bull by the horns and
nationalised bauxite;
it b r o k e ne w
ground by taking steps to
establish diplomatic and
trade relations with the'
People's Republic of China
before the U. S. saw the
Guyana has now
concluded a loan
transaction with China
which certainly will set
new liberal standards by
which all future loans to
developing countries will
be measured.
This is not irrelevant to
Carifesta. It indicates that
action is taking place in
the revolution's economic
But economic action,
however revolutionary it
is, does not by itself
complete a revolution. It is
part of the revolution, not
the whole.
Carifesta is part of the
Caribbean Revolution,
too. Carifesta represents
action in the cultural
sector of the Caribbean

Carifesta is a very
elegant and euphonious
abbreviation for the
Caribbean Festival of the
Creative Arts, but the
attendance at Carifesta
will be hemispheric, in the
sense that countries
outside the geographic
perimeter of the region
will send representatives
and exhibits to Carifesta.
Getting back to the
significance of Carifesta in
the context of the
Caribbean Revolution, I
want people to take notice
of this fact: just as
Carifesta seeks t u
achieve economic
integration in the
Caribbean, Carifesta seeks
to achieve cultural
integration in the region.
Just as Carifta
represents a nucleus of
regional authorities
aspiring to develop into a
Caribbean government,
Carifesta is a nucleus of
Caribbean cultural
authorities aspiring to
establish a Caribbean
cultural identity which is
in no way dependent on or
reflective of European and
American traditions and
This is the basic
meaning of Carifesta -
that it is the nucleus of a
Caribbean Parliament of
the Creative Arts.

What will happen in
August when Carifesta
starts will be the first
meeting of the Caribbean's
Parliament of the Creative
Arts. Satisfying enough,
a distinguished gathering
of regional artists will be
The statesman who has
made the first meeting of
this Parliament of the Arts
possible is Prime Minister
Cde. Forbes Bumham.
Not only the novelist,
the poet, the painter, the
musician and the sculptor
are artists.
The creative statesman
is also an artist.
Unquestionably, the
statesman who first
conceived Carifesta, and
moved to translate his
vision into reality must
be considered an artist of
the finest calibre.

' ...... artist of the finest

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