Culture Box

A back breaking Christmas?

A back breaking Christmas?

Why do women do it? I’m talking about the breaking up of the house before Christmas .

About the Holidays

About the Holidays

The masquerade bands on the streets and the smells in the air; the holidays are the best time of the year! Seriously who does not like Christmas? It really is the most wonderful time of the year! Georgetown transforms before our very eyes, the streets look a bit cleaner; police officers in neat uniforms patrol on foot, directing traffic and keeping the pickpockets at bay .

Of Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Of Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Gobble Gobble! I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day on Thursday .

Guyanese people

Guyanese people

Guyanese people: multi-ethnic with mixed and celebrated cultures, united heritage and diversity; one of the most resilient groups of Caribbean people .

Greener pastures

Greener pastures

The University of Guyana’s main campus in Turkeyen graduated over 1,500 students last week Saturday and many of these graduates will move on to further their education elsewhere, reside in another country or, as the guest speaker Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Irwin LaRocque recommended, apply for the Caribbean Single Market and Economy Recognition of Skills Certificate and enhance the development of their region .

National Drama Festival awards

National Drama Festival awards

The closing ceremony of the fourth National Drama Festival was truly “The Night of Stars” as it was dubbed and shining brightest of them all for her successful direction of the festival and choreography of the closing ceremony was Colette Jones-Chin .

Hamlet

Hamlet

Hamlet came to a local stage two Fridays ago, brought by the Shakespeare’s Globe which is on a two-year travelling world tour commemorating the playwright’s 450th birth anniversary; a treat for Guyana, or so I thought .

Tourism and hospitality

Tourism and hospitality

Hospitality is the bedrock of tourism .

Exploring St Cuthbert’s Mission

Exploring St Cuthbert’s Mission

Walking around St Cuthbert’s Mission from the Mahaica-Berbice settlement right over to Demerara-Mahaica, through trails to the sandy river banks and the hilly village centre; I scouted the environment stopping to sit and chat with the village folk .

Experiencing St Cuthbert’s Mission

Experiencing St Cuthbert’s Mission

Experiencing a different culture can be both taboo and a thrill .

Journey to St Cuthbert’s Mission

Journey to St Cuthbert’s Mission

St Cuthbert’s Mission is an Amerindian settlement 60+ miles down the Mahaica River .

Putting drama first

Putting drama first

Pardon me for being repetitive, but with the recently concluded graduation of artists across their respective fields under the newly formed Institute of Creative Arts; and the National Drama Festival’s first set of plays to be staged in less than a month, I feel it is my duty to return to arts and its place in our future .

The Umana Yana

The Umana Yana

In the month we celebrate the aboriginal people of Guyana the tragic destruction of the Umana Yana by fire on September 9 was an unfortunate blow to the heritage and celebration of Amerindian Heritage Month, Guyanese history and our culture .

Celebrating our first  peoples

Celebrating our first peoples

September is the month when we celebrate the first peoples of this land; their culture, their heritage, their history and remember why special attention needs to be placed on protecting their livelihoods, and their land .

Let the  music play

Let the music play

Listening to Rihanna earlier this week (not on the radio) plead with the DJ to put the song “pon de replay” and also to “turn the music up” because “all the gyal on the dance floor wantin’ some more” suddenly reminded me that I had not listened to the radio in a while .

Exploring Georgetown: Improper management

Exploring Georgetown: Improper management

Over the last few weeks I have been writing reviews on my experiences around the city; the culture, arts and night life .

Exploring Georgetown: Lounges

Exploring Georgetown: Lounges

So where do you go when you want relax and have a few drinks with friends? A lounge, that’s where!Much like its name implies, a lounge is a place where you can chill (relax), enjoy cocktails and conversations .

Exploring Georgetown Nightlife  - Bars and Clubs

Exploring Georgetown Nightlife – Bars and Clubs

Socialising in Georgetown really depends on your disposal income .

Exploring Georgetown: The Garden City

Exploring Georgetown: The Garden City

Take a walk through this city and be amazed by it all .

Exploring Georgetown:  The many  nicknames

Exploring Georgetown: The many nicknames

The city is yours .

Exploring Georgetown: History and heritage

Exploring Georgetown: History and heritage

Georgetown is the city of my birth and I have an admiration for its handsomeness .

Is there a method to my madness?

Is there a method to my madness?

Into the third week of drama classes I developed a strong interest in subtexts, learning about characters, becoming the character, method acting .

Theatre Workshop

Theatre Workshop

For nearly a month now, as part of my ambition to explore the culture and art of dear old Guyana and dive into vacation season I started attending theatre classes after weeks of consultation and advice from dramatists .

Writer’s block

Writer’s block

Ugh! It’s happening again .

Lisa Punch deserves  our votes

Lisa Punch deserves our votes

Social media in Guyana has been on fire since Sunday with “Lisa Punch” and “Rising Star” trending .

Dating in Georgetown

Dating in Georgetown

So, stemming from last week’s whole “Do we date?” It is clear the answer is maybe not .

Finding Mr/Miss Right

Finding Mr/Miss Right

Guys? How do you look for Miss Right? How do you get a girlfriend? Does the hissing and the hustling work? I mean is this a decent way (or any way at all) to get a committed partner? Can you find anyone decent by shouting at her, “Ey baby! Yuh lookin’ like pine tart deh! Crispy, sweet and juicy!” Like seriously?Ladies? How do you get boyfriends? Do you flirt, proposition or call the shots in the relationship? If you’re looking for a decent guy you can settle down with, would a sloppy approach work?You get what you deserve, and who you are with is usually a  .

Comedy Night at Upscale

Comedy Night at Upscale

There are some people who will say and absolutely believe that Georgetown is a boring city with nothing to see, nothing to do and nothing to experience but I say experiences can come out of nowhere; it is a journey you make yourself to explore, to live and always try new things .

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

World renowned American poet and author Marguerite Ann Johnson, popularly known by her penname Maya Angelou died on Wednesday morning at the age of 86 .

Pageant  season  (Part 2)

Pageant season (Part 2)

When it comes to local pageants Miss Guyana Universe has always been the most anticipated; there must be a great deal of pressure on the wearer of this crown and to a lesser extent, the Miss Guyana World title holder as well .

Pageant season

Pageant season

It’s that time of the year again when the air grows thick with competition and rivalry as a magnitude of pageants unroll .

JADA

JADA

By Mariatha CauswayAka Jennifer Thomas In my bellyThe ultra soundPortrayed your sweetnessIn profile view .

Guyana’s crown jewel

Guyana’s crown jewel

It should be the dream of every Guyanese to visit the Kaieteur Falls .

Kaieteur!

Kaieteur!

So we landed and I exited the plane stretching and appreciating the environment .

My next big adventure

My next big adventure

As the Chinese Philosopher Lao-tzu taught “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and so a year ago, I made the first step in my commitment to explore this country; its cultures and people, places and things in what I deem would be my ultimate adventure, spiritual even as I try to be in touch with Guyana .

Procrastination and all that jazz

Procrastination and all that jazz

One of the questions I have been frequently asked is if writing isn’t boring or time consuming .

It’s okay to forget your socks…

It’s okay to forget your socks…

I love my job .



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