There have been some complaints about the very popular Radika Invasion, the latest in a long line of productions in Guyana featuring chutney-soca performers from Trinidad.
Milton Hatoum’s multicultural Amazon This week Arts on Sunday takes a brief look at one aspect of contemporary Brazilian literature.
Nrityageet 30: A varied programmeOne of Guyana’s most prominent annual dance productions celebrated its “30th Anniver-sary Performance” at the National Cultural Centre last week in commemoration of Indian Arrival Day.
Al Creighton’s (Arts on Sunday) Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo held a conference last week with a wide range of officials and practitioners in the country’s tourism sector, tourism industry and in some areas of culture at the Convention Centre in Lilliendaal.
The West Indian Literature Conference: ‘Quiet Revolutions’Most of the leading critics and several scholars in the field of Caribbean literature will assemble in Guyana this week for an international conference on West Indian literature hosted by the University of Guyana.
The performance tradition of Ramlila returned to Guyana with last week’s production by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha at the National Cultural Centre.
Mrs Jagan: An evergreen interest in the artsArt requires talent – real talent and not mere literacy in any medium.
Arts on Sunday Satire has been a major part of western theatre from the beginning of its history when European drama developed in ancient Greece.
Carnival: undergoing changeThe January/February edition is usually the carnival issue of the magazine Caribbean Beat produced by MEP for Caribbean Airlines and edited by Judy Raymond.
Three scientists and literature In 2009 the world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, who, rather like Galileo and Sigmund Freud, is one of the most influential names in the history of scientific discovery.
The year 2009 has seen the very important return of The Link Show to the Guyanese stage.
It’s carnival season T he year 2009 is one of those when the calendar conspires to have a clash of dates in three countries very close to each other in the Caribbean-South America carnival belt, so that tomorrow the festival will be at its peak in all three of them.
The spirit of the ageI’ve studied, alas, philosophy, Law and medicine, recto and verso, And how I regret it, theology also, Oh God, how hard I’ve slaved away, With what result?
A successful production?What is a successful theatrical production? In what ways is success measured?
The colour of truth What colour is truth? There have been countless attempts to define it in various academic fields and philosophies without arriving at anything conclusive and always seeming to agree that as an abstract concept its dimensions and definitions are inexhaustible.
Harold Pinter: The renewer of English drama in the 20th centuryAt the end of the year 2008 Britain mourned at the death of one of the most dominant and influential English playwrights of the contemporary era.
‘Dark novel’ Twenty-one years after it was first published and twenty years after it began to receive unending world critical acclaim, a book “universally acknowledged” as one of the foremost novels in contemporary literature written by one of the world’s most celebrated authors was yet again highlighted on centre stage before an international audience.
Omeros returns to the spotlight Derek Walcott’s exceptional 300-page poem, Omeros, which received immediate universal acclaim as soon as it was released some 18 years ago, returned to the world spotlight yet again recently.
Why re-celebrate Martin Carter? Last week we highlighted contributions to the celebration of the life and work of Martin Carter and to the rememberance of the poet.
Celebrating Martin CarterCastellani House has a very distinguished history. It was named after an architect from colonial times who was a quintessential artist, leaving his exceptional marks of distinction as monuments in Guyana’s history and architecture.
Religion and theatre still interact dynamically Even now, after so much has developed and so much has been said about it, the close inter-relationship between theatre and religious ritual remains an interesting subject.
‘All walls crumble where art is concerned’ As a part of their diplomatic strategy it is common practice for nations to maintain cultural outreach activities in foreign countries with which they have relations.
‘Season 29’ Guyana’s National Dance Company celebrated its Dance Season 2008 with a programme that it called ‘Season 29 – Theme and Variations’ at the National Cultural Centre.
Kanyadaam: Statements on various issues A considerable amount of attention is being paid at the present time to the problems of domestic violence and domestic abuse.
A more expository than experimental production One of the important developments in Caribbean drama in the middle of the twentieth century was a phenomenon called the ‘theatre of the backyard’ and sometimes ‘yard theatre.’ Another ‘yard theatre’ emerged in Jamaica between 1968 and 1970, but that was an entirely different movement.
David de Caires: a true connoisseur of the arts So jail me quickly, clang the illiterate door If freedom writes no happier alphabet.
Personal odyssey Among the most recent new books of poetry is In a Boston Night poems by Guyanese poet and fiction writer Sasenarine Persaud, published by TSAR in Canada in 2008. It was one of the many launched in Georgetown in August during Carifesta’s book fair.
Reconnection of a theatre and a play When Moon on A Rain-bow Shawl returns to the Theatre Guild of Guyana’s Play-house in Kingston on November 7, it will be a rewarding reconnection between the oldest and most established theatre in Guyana and one of the most established foundation plays of the West Indies.
Poui accepts Simmons-McDonald’s burnt offerings The editors of Poui, the Cave Hill Literary Annual, “are happy to see that so many of our regular contributors continue to send us work” while at the same time they feel “it is good to find a number of new voices”.
Poui introduces poet Richard Allsopp One of the many significant features of Poui, the Cave Hill Literary Annual, is that one can always look forward to its introduction of noteworthy new writers.
‘My life, my country’ There exists a slim, neat volume of some fifty pages, unobtrusive and unheralded, whose worth is several times more than its unassuming appearance and deserving of much more attention than it has ever been given.
So was Carifesta X worth the effort? Carifesta X is already fading from the headlines but it will take a much longer time before it begins to show any signs of fading from memory.
Was Carifesta worth the effort and expense? Among the most memorable features of Carifesta X in Guyana were the interventions of the major writers, and, generally, that is how it should be.
The Pre-Carifesta programme has paid off As the Tenth Caribbean Festival of the Arts gets into full stride, the public awareness campaign in Guyana seems to have already begun to show some positive returns.
‘One people’ Wan one tree so many leaves one tree one river so many creeks all are going to one sea one head so many thoughts thoughts among which one good one must be one God so many ways of worshipping but one Father one Suriname so many hair types so many skin colours so many tongues one people Robin DobruTo be described as Janus-faced is no compliment.
UG has a close partnership with Carifesta management We would like Carifesta X to showcase not only the great cultural talent that this region has spawned over the short period of Caribbean history, but the great philosophical legacy and diverse economic, productive and natural resource capacities that we as a region have to offer.
We have on several previous occasions alluded to the common features of various different traditional festivals and, in particular, those that are primarily religious.