Group Title: CARIFESTA I - 1972
Title: Carifesta '72, the Cultural Wonder of Our Time
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Title: Carifesta '72, the Cultural Wonder of Our Time
Series Title: CARIFESTA I - 1972
Physical Description: Archival
Publication Date: 1972
Spatial Coverage: Guyana -- Georgetown
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Volume ID: VID00001
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CARIFE3TA 172....the Caribbean Festival of Creative

Arts to be held from August 25 to September 15 in theC. o-opera-

tive Republic of Guyana is the fusion of some 1,200 creative

artists drawn from among 200,000,000 peoples in 30 Caribbean

and Latin American countries.

It is the intermix .f thousands of years of colourful

creative, folk things which will be portrayed through the medium

of music, dance, drama, folk art, painting and sculpture,

photography, plays, poetry and other literary creations.


The thousands of vacation time visitors converging on

Guyanats Garden City, Georgetown for this C.utIFE3Tn, will have

the unique opportunity to absorb the hypnotic sounds and scintil-

lating art forms of a thousand peoples. They will loose themselves

in a cultural cosmos of lore and legend mixed with the gay spon-

taneity of the sunny Caribbean and Latin American Peoples.

The countries p--.rticipating in CaRIFESTA reflect an
exciting amalgam of Pro-Colombian, Old World and modern cultural

forms.....they reflect the beauty of the Orient and Africa, Europe

and the Americas....of the Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, French,

English, Indian, Amerindian and African peoples. On show at

CARiIFESTA will be the peculiar chants and movements of the Con-

junto Folklorica Nacional of Cuba, the impressive Ibo dances from

Haiti and the more sophisticated Natiunal Dance Company of Jamaica.

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There will be masquerade bands and steelbands from

Guyana and the Islands which will draw the masses into carnival

style jump-ups in the streets of the Co-operative Republic.

Guyanats participation at the Festival will be spectacular with

a three-day cultural extravaganza and youth exposition and the

staging of an outstanding choreographed choral presentation of

the epic poem by A.J, Seynour based on an Amerindian Legend.

The 'Legend of Kaieteurt will feature a choir of 150 voices.

All the colour and awe of the Djukas and Javanese, Bahian and

Rastafarian art forms....of the folk from Panama, Dutch Antilles,

the Virgin Islands and Mexico coupled with international exhibi-

tions of painting, photographs and sculpture will enrich this

historic cultural exposition. Guyana, the host country, is

sparing no resource and energy to achieve a Festival of unpre-

cedented standard. The CARIFESTA Secretariat, aided by special

hospitality and other Committees work long hours each day planning

the event.


One hundred three-bedroom cottages at Festival City

in South Georgetown will house the C.1RTFESTSi artists. Furniture

fashioned out of neebee reeds by Guyanats Amerindian community

will decorate the cottages.

Guide interpreters drawn mainly from the University

of Guyana will take care of visitors from non-English speaking

countries. Special arrangements with hotels, guest houses and

private homes will ensure that official guests and the hordes

of visitors for the three-week festival will find accommodation

in Georgetown.


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Special package tours are being offered by the two

official carriers for CARIFiSTA B.4i I.A. which operates in

the Caribbean area, and Cruzeiro do Sol which operates mainly

in the Latin American area. CARIFESTA, with its symbol a

brown hand .graspinir the sunlight, will also bring together for

the first time most of the great revolutionary writers in and

around the Cnribbean. r4ames like Nicolais Guillen of Cuba,

Cesaire cf Martinique, V.S. Naipaul and C.L.R. James of Trini-

dad, Rex Nettleford of Jamaica, Wilson Harris of Guyana and

Rene Piquion of Haiti will add dimensions of colour and inter-

est to the CARIFESTA literary scene, when they discuss their

work and techniques. A multilingual anthology an anthology

of "New writingg in the Caribbean" is being published for

C.'-IFEST-. See CARIFESTA, itts the cultural wonder of our


Addition information on GORIFESTA 172 is available

from the CARIFESTA Secretariat, P.O. Box 356, National History

and Arts Council, Natinal Park, Georgetown, Guyana,


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