The 14th edition of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta XIV) has taken off in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where it is running from August 16 to 26.
The Stabroek News editorial of August 6, 2019 remarked at the multiethnic nature of the crowds of people who visited the National Park to take in the Emancipation Festival that is held there annually on August 1.
Verse in August (For Frank Collymore) knock drum draw bow on fiddle strings let rhythm jump and catgut screech let all time jig a kalinda and reel these august freedom days let dead bones rise and dance their own bongos who’ll dance my death farewell?
Comedy remains foremost among contemporary trends in theatre in the Caribbean.
Raymond Choo Kong (August 5, 1949 – July 13, 2019) was a major contributor to an important movement in the contemporary theatre of the Caribbean.
By Alim Hosein The awards ceremony for the 2019 Guyana Visual Arts Com-petition was held at the National Cultural Centre on Thursday June 27, and the Guyana Visual Arts Exhibition was officially launched later the same evening by Minister of Social Cohesion George Norton at the National Gallery of Art.
H&T Theatre Arts Group has been one of the more active and productive theatre companies on the Guyanese stage in recent years.
His Excellency the Masquerader He serves To ford between swamp and sand He serves!
To Palm Wine Alimotu of the gourd Lamihun in the fibrous clump Dawn it is that heralds your approach When evening comes, the drum crooks taps Taps, taps in gladness Mistress of tuppence only, yet Chased the millionaire into the forest.
In what was a particularly interesting development on the Guyanese stage, the Georgetown International Academy (GIA) performed Almost, Maine, a play by American actor/playwright John Cariani, directed by Subraj Singh at the Theatre Guild Playhouse last week.
not hands like mine these Carib altars knew: nameless and quite forgotten are the gods; and mute, mute and alone, their silent people spend a ring of vacant days, not like more human years, as aged and brown their rivers flow away.
The Guyana Carnival rolled by behind the big trucks from May 17 – 27.
As the Republic of Guyana celebrates 53 years as an independent nation, the anniversary is marked primarily by a variety of popular entertainment dominated by the Carnival.
The Guyana Carnival is now in its fourth year. The nation reintroduced carnival to celebrate its Jubilee – the 50th Anniversary of Independence – in 2016, and the festivity has remained ever since.
Nrityageet is a major production and achievement. It is outstanding among Guyana’s foremost, important and longest-running annual dance productions.
The past few weeks were significantly marked by an explosion of community theatre mainly led by secondary schools in several different parts of Guyana.
(BBC) – A lot has changed in the past 18 years, according to film director Louisa Wei.
“The child is father of the man; And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.” There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream.
A rather special and different type of dramatic production was held at the National Cultural Centre last Sunday.
A play with a considerable weight of importance and significance was recently staged at the National Cultural Centre.
Ti Jean and His Brothers by Derek Walcott is one of the most celebrated plays in Caribbean drama.
By Alim Hosein Winslow Craig’s work, currently on display at Castellani House, is ample proof of his genius, even though it shows only a part of his many creations.
One of the most significant developments in the theatre in Guyana now is the return of The Link Show.
Last week saw the height of carnival in Trinidad and Tobago: J’ouvert, Ol’ Mas, Carnival Mon-day and the end of the festival on Carnival Tuesday.
The audience at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) was entertained and enlightened by a fairly unique theatrical experience on Saturday, February 2, with “Musings of A Poet” produced and performed by the National Drama Company (NDC) of Guyana.
Pocomania Long Mountain rise, Lift you’ shoulder, blot the moon, Black the stars, hide the skies, Long Mountain, rise, lift you’ shoulder high.
“Musings of A Poet” is a theatrical performance to be staged at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm.
My grand-father sailed on the ship Red-riding Hood: part of a straggly band of yellow humanity.
(BBC) – Silver is the shiftiest of colours. It never knows if it’s coming or going.
Journey of The Magi A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.
The festival of Christmas is an extensive and complex one; the largest and most popular in the world.
The National Dance Company staged its annual production “Christmas Funtasia” a week ago.
Guyana now has an annual National Poetry Slam. This represents not only an entertaining event, but an important development of a popular performance form and a significant recognition of this form as a further addition to national literature.
There is a new film currently in circulation in Guyana, which has already found its way further afield, particularly in the USA, and will no doubt go further.
If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.
Electric Avenue Down in the street there is violence And a lot of work to be done No place to hang out our washing And I can’t blame all on the sun, oh no We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Workin’ so hard like a soldier Can’t afford a thing on TV Deep in my heart I’m a warrior Can’t get food for them kids, good God We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Oh no Oh no Oh no Oh no Who is to blame in one country Never can get to the one Dealin’ in multiplication And they still can’t feed everyone, oh no We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Out in the street Out in the street Out in the daytime Out in the night We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Out in the street Out in the street Out in the playground In the dark side of town We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue And then we’ll take it higher Eddy Grant Edmond Montgomery Grant, more widely known to the world as Eddy Grant, was in the news recently because he was conferred with the degree Doctor of Letters by the University of Guyana at the institution’s 52nd Convocation.
Home These days when I’m away too long, anything I happen to clap eyes on, that red phone box, somehow makes me miss here like nothing I can name.
An interesting, different, very significant and perhaps fairly unusual production was presented on stage at the Theatre Guild Playhouse a week ago.
Dulce et Decorum Est Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
It may be said that Guyana’s newest feature film was released last week.
arrival this is the place mark its name the streets you must learn to remember there are special songs here they do not sing of you in them you do not exist but to exist you must learn to love them you must believe them when they say there are no sacrificial lambs here the houses are warm there’s bread there’s wine bless yourself you have arrived listen keys rattle locks click doors slam silence roomer here I cower from the day’s drain and glare a shadow a wrinkled skin cover me gently night’s linen prepare me prepare me separate ways stranger in the sunset I long to know you To touch the poem of your presence To dispel this loneliness But the sun darkens And we go our separate ways Arnold Itwaru These selected poems by Guyanese writer and academic Arnold Itwaru make statements about contemporary Guyanese literature and about Itwaru’s contribution to it.
The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha had the distinction of performing its 22nd production of Naya Zamana at the National Cultural Centre on August 25 last.
The Snowflakes Sail Gently Down The snowflakes sail gently down from the misty eye of the sky and fall lightly, lightly on the winter-weary elms.
By Frank Birbalsingh Roy Heath’s oeuvre of nine novels proclaim him as one of the finest Anglophone Caribbean novelists, and certainly one of the best from Guyana, so it is something of a surprise that Ameena Gafoor’s Aftermath of Empire: The Novels of Roy A.K.
The Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) will celebrate its fifth Convocation on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
By Alim Hosein The institution of the Guyana Prize for Literature more than 30 years ago has helped enormously in giving credence to the concept of Guyanese Literature.
Ulysses by the Merlion (For Maurice Baker) I have sailed many waters, Skirted islands of fire, Contended with Circe Who loved the squeal of pigs; Passed Scylla and Charybdis To seven years with Calypso, Heaved in battle against the gods.
“The Performance 10 – Mixed Emotions” is a significant production announced to be presented at the National Cultural Centre on Tuesday, August 28.
Ever since the early development of human civilisation there has always been a very close relationship between religion and theatre, or at least between theatre and spiritual belief and ritual.
Throughout last week there were performances of Ramlila at venues across Guyana.