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 revival of Ramlila 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 arts Art 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 change The 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 age I’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 century At 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 Carter Castellani 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.