Guyana Graphic, Saturday, August 26, 1972, p.1.
PM calls on peoples to
rule the Caribbean Sea
By VIC HALL Speaking amid the thun- That hope was. not real-
PRME MINISTER derous applause of the thou I sed, he said; and it was not
PRIME MINISTER Forbes sands gathered at the newly until February 24 1970 the
Burnham last night called on renovated Park, Mr. Burn- day after Guyana was pro-
the peoples of the Carib. ham declared that the Carib- claimed a Republic, that an-
bean to rule the waves in bean culture which will be other conference was held.
Caribbean not only in polite executed, which will be The hope of 1966 was re-
Smoulded, which we all feel peated and two years later
cal and economic terms, bup- ran be a thing of its own, that hope has become a
a.so in cultural terms, as the must, however, not be in- reality "and we are witness-
first ever Caribbean Festival ward looking. It must re- ing the first Caribbean Fes-
of Creative Arts (CARIFESTA) cognise that it is a part of tival of Creative Arts.''
was fittingly launched before all the larger systems of the THE Prme A~tister said
world. he meeting of 1966 was
thousands .the largest "Today begins the first liited by our tr
gathering ever seen at the Caribbean Festival of Crea- But then we, stia iresh from
National Park. ive Arts. We mi the Carib- o u cr oania tutelage,
Speaking before an audi bean have been some of the thought of the Caribbean as
ence which included the best sprinters. We recognize encompassing primarily, it
overseas anmn:s who wl1 be now the need to be distance not solely, the iEglfH
participating in the three- 'runners and stayers and I speakiiMg countries of that
week festival and hundreds have every hope, I have scene.
of visitors, the Prime Minis- every conviction that what "But by 1970 that defiini.
ter declared: We start here today will con- ioan was questioned and it
"This Festival is an at- tIBM ~1t 'B. i .4 ma was and it was recognse
tempt on the part of the peo- how wrong we had been
pie of the Caribbean to terity will praise us for this and.ait the Engiith were
adentrfy themselves th eir little gimmick." not the ony people who had
history, their strains; their Touching on a question --- --- -- -.
habits, their way of life, and i that hag been operating in Played political football
that no man can take from i the minds of many since the W;lth coun ries on the Carib-
Us. plans for holding Garifesta bean scene. There were our
"The beautiful carvings of here were ainnouned, Mr. Spanish speaking brothers.
lhe Djukas of the forest of Burnham said: "You may our rereach speaking broth-
Surinam are peculiar to our wonder why so small a es, our Dutch speaking
people; tie dancing in Guy- country as Guyana has un- bTomhes.
ana; the steelband in Trnin- dertaken so large a task. It "That we hav, all of our
dad (and you'll forgive mne, is our conviction that the b~ad-la 1i h Carxc-bean
nmy brothers if I do not run size of a nation, Guyanese or be*e today is a source of
the gamut of all the Nations Caribbean, should not inhibit pleasure to 1us in Guyana
here. Though these things it from being great in the arid I think it is indicative
are ours, this festival, to my sense of being proud of its of a new outlook in this
mind, represents not only a past and moulding its pre- scene. That rerdless of the
:coming together of Carib- sent to make a better and salght dhsfeence, ow lan-
bean peoples but in many brighter future. ~uone pand dsawhoe, we are
respects a home-coming of "This Festival for us is not o o thoe e melting
Mr. Burnham told the are not blessed with the
gaily dressed gathering that means to present extrava-
those of the Caribbean who ganzas; it is merely indica-
live abroad and have had tive of our commitment to
,to speak of the Caribbean as the Caribbean ideal our com-
a matter of memory, may mitment to the concept that
see the Festival as a means the Caribbean is a nation;
of bringing them back our commitment to the right
home, not merely physically of .the Caribbean to speak
but also psychologically and out in the world, not as
emolionatly. satellites or appendages to
The Prime Minister said, other nations but as one sin-
"We in the Caribbean may gle nation."
not dare to dream of chang- Earlier in his welcome ad-
ing the world, but we can dress Mr. Burnham, tracing
dream of changing our the background to the stag-
world; Our wo ld of the ing of Carifesta here, said
Caribbean we can mould ac- that six years ago there was
cording to our heart's desire, held here what was ambi-
giving ourselves an oppor- tiously described as the first
unity to think on our his- conference of Caribbean Ar-
tory as a people proud of tists and Writers and the
what is past, identifying hope was expressed then
their heroes and as a people that this should be an an-
prepared to achieve the ex- nual event.
cellence of those who went
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~prA:n V '''Pt
PRIME MINISTER "Forbe
Burnham addresses the-pea-
ing session of Carifesta.. In
centre is President Arthum
Chung who officially declar-
ed the Festival open, and
others i n picture are: (left
to right): Mr., Bunny Fer-
nandes, Project Manager of
Carifesta; Minister of Inform-
ation, Culture and Youth Miss
Shirley Field-Ridtly and Di-
rectors of Carifesta Miss
Lynette Dolphin and Mr.
HERE some of the thousands of artistes and spectators sport exotic and tropical colours
at the spectacular display put on at tiea National Park yesterday to mark the opening of the
first Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts.