Guyana Review

The Carifesta dream

The Carifesta dream

By Barrington BraithwaiteIdeas and Ideals do not always determine realization in the lifetime of they who spend the tortured nights struggling to shape and define the images that will grab our attention and stir our imagination to be likewise inspired and to  respond, transcending what we have already accepted as the epitome of our general ideas of self definition, the concept that fired the many creative souls around the Caribbean and from Guyana that nurtured and contributed to the creation of the lofty manifestation of the Caribbean Festival Of Arts [ CARIFESTA ] in 1972, did not want only to create a four year Arts Expo tradition, but to expand into a Caribbean  Arts Industry, The Political leaders no doubt believed in it and envisaged a block of cultural products that would eventually earn its own economic independence, what many of them did not understand was that their  political guidance and preferences would  be the undoing of this splendid idea .

Retraining the police

Retraining the police

By David GrangerOnlookers at the Guyana Police Force’s169th anniversary parade last July must have been astonished at the sight of some Britishers in typical beachcombers’ gear marching amidst their differently attired Guyanese counterparts .

Reading the signs right

Reading the signs right

By Gregory Mc GuireWe have all come to the understanding that Prime Minister Patrick Manning abhors gambling .

Guyana’s periodicals

Guyana’s periodicals

Guyana’s periodical press has survived through resilience and resourcefulness for over two centuries .

Reflections: “The Guyana National Service: Burnham’s Vision -35 years after”

Reflections: “The Guyana National Service: Burnham’s Vision -35 years after”

Remarks by Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh at the commemoration of the 23rd Death Anniversary of President LFS Burnham, OE, SC, Wednesday, August 06, 2008 Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh Chairperson, Ms Genevieve Allen, National Secretary, National Congress of Women, Leader of the Opposition and of the PNCR, Mrs Corbin, General Secretary PNCR, Chairman PSC, Distinguished Invitees and particularly members of the Late President’s family-Kamana, President Burnham’s close colleagues and supporters, I am honoured to have been invited to give some reflections in keeping with the chosen theme for the observance of the 23rd death anniversary of President Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, OE, SC .

A lifetime in publishing: Arif Ali and the Hansib story

A lifetime in publishing: Arif Ali and the Hansib story

For almost fifty years Arif Ali has immersed himself in the business  of print media .

On Federation (West Indies and British Guiana)

On Federation (West Indies and British Guiana)

(Reprinted by permission of the estate of C .

Whose freedom at midnight?

Whose freedom at midnight?

Machinations towards Guyana’s Independence, May 1966By Clem SeecharanProfessor of Caribbean History and Head of Caribbean Studies, London Metropolitan University (forthcoming in Round Table October 2008)Guyana (formerly British Guiana), the only British colony on the mainland of South America, became independent at midnight on 26 May 1966 .

Listening to the wind: A conversation with MV Mc Rae

Listening to the wind: A conversation with MV Mc Rae

MV Mc Rae is an animated Romanian  woman with a Guyanese husband, a profession as a doctor and a passion for poetry .

Clamouring for change!

Clamouring for change!

Do persistent calls for an end to the tenure of Guyana Football Federation President Colin Klass mark an emerging awareness among stakeholders of the potential of football as a vehicle for fostering national pride? Guyana Football Federation President Colin Klass The current clamour for an end to the long tenure of President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Colin Klass is not without precedent .

Contemplating ’72: the origins and significance of CARIFESTA

Contemplating ’72: the origins and significance of CARIFESTA

Available research points to a number of gatherings of creative spirits in the region long before the genesis of CARIFESTA in 1972 .

Arts

Arts

Houses of culture: Wooden cultural iconic edifices of Georgetown Francis Quamina Farrier reflects on three of Georgetown’s wooden buildings and their impact on the shaping of contemporary Guyanese culture .

Theatre lives!

Theatre lives!

At the start who would ever have thought that such a summit might be climbed? There has been nothing in the domain of private and public subscription which equals this .

Poem

Poem

Written by Cara Dunn-Gibson (The poet lives in the Royal County of Berkshire, England)What I see in Guyana Is a coconut tree swinging in the wind It’s trunk, brown and mild like a newborn foal .

Fashion Focus

Fashion Focus

Andrea Rohlehr-McAdam was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana .

anxieties about the Caribbean condition

anxieties about the Caribbean condition

Acceptance speech by Geoge Lamming on the occasion of the conferral of the Order Of The Caribbean Community At the opening of the 29th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community,1-4 July, 2008, Bolans, Antigua and Barbuda (edited copy)[caption id="attachment_20464" align="alignleft" width="197" caption="George Lamming"][/caption]I acknowledge that this is a moment of self -congratulation and I hope you will not think me subversive if I  draw to your attention certain anxieties which I believe will also engage the attention of Professor Nettleford .

Celebrating our culture:

Celebrating our culture:

Some festivals of the Caribbean All nations celebrate sacred or secular festivals of one sort or another .

    The question of Carifesta and cultural emancipation

The question of Carifesta and cultural emancipation

I  did not  know Folklorist Wordsworth Mc Andrew personally .

Chanderpaul, CARIFESTA and Caribbean pride

Chanderpaul, CARIFESTA and Caribbean pride

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s accession to the top of the pile in the International Cricket Council’s best test batsman ratings takes its place beside CARIFESTA as a fitting tribute to the capacity of the Caribbean to achieve .

CARIFESTA... again!

CARIFESTA… again!

Historian Tommy Payne reflects on the origins of the Caribbean Festival of Arts and the reverberation of the inaugural event across space and timeThe song released for CARIFESTA X embraces the sentiments of pride, responsibility and determination .

Not quite full circle

Not quite full circle

Our revels now are ended .

Short story

Carifesta .

Repositioning agriculture

The Caribbean Community and the global food frenzy Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries really ought not to have found themselves  caught up in the current global food frenzy that has spawned gloomy  predictions of widespread starvation  unless the international community takes action now to increase food production significantly over the next decade or so .

Reforming policing

Security sector reform and the Guyana Police Force Tuesday 3 December 2002 was an ordinary workaday morning at the start of the Christmas shopping season in Georgetown’s central business district .

The Environment

Global action on mercury to project human health and the environment - WWF views Rickford Vieira, WWF-Guianas Regional Goldmining Pollution Abatement Coordinator, February 2008Between 2001 and 2007, UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (UNEPGC/GMEF) held several meeting to discussed the issue of global mercury use and human health and decisions were taken to further develop UNEP’s Mercury Program by initiating and disseminating a report summarizing supply, trade and demand information on mercury .

History

Schomburgk’s travels through British Guiana (An extract from Schomburgk’s expedition to the interior .

The Environment

The Environment

The Forestry Sector and the WWF Guianas Sustainable Natural Resources Management Programme Stabroek Business has agreed to publish occasional features submitted by the Office of the World Wildlife Fund in Guyana that address environmental and other critical issues in the mining and forestry sectors .

Edgar Austin Mittelholzer: A Caribbean voice (Part 2)

Edgar Austin Mittelholzer: A Caribbean voice (Part 2)

Juanita Cox is a PhD student writing her thesis: 'Edgar Mittelholzer and the Shaping of his Novels' at the University of Birmingham, UK .

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

When the Sun and Streets Exploded Part 1 Calypso and World Politics Converged in British Guiana, 1962 By Geoffrey DunnAnd I was with them all, When the sun and streets exploded, And a city of clerks turned a city of men .

Guyana’s Indigenous peoples: Still languishing on the periphery

Guyana’s Indigenous peoples: Still languishing on the periphery

David James is an Amerindian, an Attorney-At-Law and an informed, passionate and articulate advocate of the rights of the indigenous peoples of Guyana .

Sir Arthur Lewis

Sir Arthur Lewis

Lewis and the New World Economists This is the second of a lecture delivered by Professor Norman Girvan on February 20 at the UWI St Augustine campus to launch the year of Sir Arthur Lewis in commencement of the Caribbean’s first Nobel Laurette .

The Arts in the 90s

The Arts in the 90s

By Barrington Braithwaite To fully give an informative and honest description of the position of any discipline, requires a case study plus the variables and conditions that influence positively or negatively the results of the particular study in question .

Edgar Austin Mittelholzer: A caribbean voice

Edgar Austin Mittelholzer: A caribbean voice

By Juanita CoxJuanita Cox is a PhD student writing her thesis: ‘Edgar Mittelholzer and the Shaping of his Novels’ at the University of Birmingham, UK .

Free individual (A book review)

Free individual (A book review)

By Brendan de CairesC .

Remembering Roy Heath

Remembering Roy Heath

During his terminal illness several years ago I had a conversation with the late Aubrey Williams .

Living dance!

Living dance!

Saluting the distinguished career of Linda Griffith People like Linda Griffith sometimes never really get their fair share of either recognition or reward for their selfless and unstinting contribution to nation-building; and people like her never seem to stop to measure the magnitude of their contribution against the paucity of the reward .

Bajan Breakthrough

25 years of legal abortions Reprinted from T&T Review, March 3, 2008By Sanka PriceAs a politician there are some issues that no matter what decision you make, you are certain to anger a significant segment of the population .



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