A new model initiated by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) will result in each participating country in Carifesta X1 being limited to 50 persons, the Government Information Agency said yesterday.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony along with several officials, gave the media an update on preparations for the event in Suriname from August 16 to 26.
GINA reported Anthony as saying that under the new model, countries will also pay for transportation, food and accommodation.
Auditions were held over the last two months and successful applicants showcased their various talents and skills to the organising committee which comprised a panel of experts, Anthony said.
GINA said that Guyanese participants will present various cultural pieces in Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Culinary Arts, Caribbean Film, Fashion and a Youth Focus Category.
While the Government would not be able to pay for more than 50 persons, Anthony said that if there are other persons who would like to be part of the delegation and are willing to pay their own way, then the Government is prepared to consider including them.
Guyana will also be sending another 50- member group to participate in the Inter Guianas Festival in French Guiana from July 11 to 14. This group will depart on July 10, GINA said.