Carifesta XIII is in progress in Barbados. This edition of the region’s premier festival of the arts has underlined a number of issues affecting the festival and a number of patterns that have formed, indicating trends that have developed.
There is a substantial body of work by a writer who was one of St Lucia’s most outstanding dramatists and who was quite dominant among West Indian playwrights throughout the 1960s into the 1970s.
August Town Up from the valley one night came a bass-sound darkness and a treble of light.
Theatre has been a staple product in Carifesta throughout its history. Dramatic plays were once at the pinnacle of the festival with productions from different countries featured as the signature events of successive editions of the festival.
To Toussaint L’Ouverture TOUSSAINT, the most unhappy man of men! Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough Within thy hearing, or thy head be now Pillowed in some deep dungeon’s earless den;— O miserable Chieftain!
Escape was a full dance production staged at the National Cultural Centre on June 10 last.
By Alim Hosein As the deadline for receipt of entries to the 2017 Guyana Visual Arts Competition (GVAC) approached on May 27, there was a large number of artists who had earlier arrived at Castellani House, the National Gallery of Art, to submit their entries.
Guyanese in Georgetown had a resounding, populous J’ouvert for this year’s independence anniversary, which saw overwhelming multitudes descend upon the National Park, some of them moving there after leaving the flag raising ceremony at D’Urban Park.
Mark McWatt’s multiple prize-winning work of fiction Suspended Sentences: Fictions of Atonement provides an extremely unique way of handling the issue of Guyanese Independence, which is perhaps the most remarkable direct treatment of such a theme in Guyanese literature since Independence.
Ode To Autumn Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Arrival Day, May 5, is taken very seriously in Guyana, politically, culturally and in the general life of the people.
In very general terms there has been a great leap forward in terms of theatre and secondary schools in Guyana recently.
Popular theatre returned to the stage of the National Cultural Centre recently with Darren McAlmont’s Woman-In-Law.
By the setting of the final decade of the twentieth century, Derek Walcott (January 23, 1930 – March 17, 2017) had advanced to be regarded as the world’s best poet.
Because it is always taken for granted, it is useful to underline the place of satire in any society, and its standing as a functional strategy in Caribbean culture.
The road make to walk on carnival day And I don’t like to talk, but I’ve got to say … Lord Kitchener, “The Road” (1963) The carnival season ended last Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday, otherwise called Mardi Gras) and the contrasting period of Lent started on Wednesday (Ash Wednesday).
Recession doh bother we Promote a fete and you go see How we go party to the full extreme And light it up with kerosene Ultimate Rejects As the Republic of Guyana winds down Mashramani celebrations, carnival races to its peak in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in another year when the two festivals overlap.
The staging of a production titled Sociarama by Lloyd n De Arts Production at the Theatre Guild Playhouse at the end of January, provided a good opportunity for a review of the state of drama in contemporary Guyanese society.
It is the carnival season. In the very strong carnival countries in this part of the world – Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago – events are heating up to fever pitch for the climax of the festival on February 28.
A Rolling Stone Once upon a time you dressed so fine You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
(for khalam) Long, long have you held between your hands the black face of the warrior Held as if already there fell on it a twilight of death.
An interesting form of theatre with ancient origins that is well known at this time of the year is the pantomime.
Guyana’s National Drama Festival (NDF) 2016 completed all its performances on November 27 last, but the final curtain will not close until after the winners are announced and the prizes distributed.
The finals of the National Drama Festival (NDF) begins tonight at the National Cultural Centre with one of the plays in the Open Full-Length Category.
The National Drama Festival (NDF) 2016 is now in progress. Among its key objectives are the grand exhibition of the best of Guyanese theatre; the advancement of the dramatic arts and the improvement of theatrical skills; the promotion of new theatre both in terms of written plays to enlarge the corpus of Guyanese drama and extending the frontiers of theatrical form, dramatic styles in both writing and directing techniques; providing instruction through drama; and addressing national and social issues through the use of the stage.
Cultural change continues to be a very interesting study. We have from time to time commented on factors of change in Guyana and the Caribbean and have remarked at what has been observed in some cultural traditions.
Among the honours, recognition and tributes paid to Malcolm Corrica, MS, popularly known as Lord Canary, (March 21, 1937 – October 10, 2016), is a publication of his biography written by Allan A Fenty.
A play, Brixton Stories by Biyi Bandele, was performed at the Theatre Guild Playhouse recently under special circumstances.
It is imperative at this time to put on record another tribute to Dr Doris Elrina Rogers, distinguished artist, art educator, researcher, administrator, Professor Emeritus of the University of Guyana and Lifetime Fellow of the Institute of Creative Arts, Guyana, who died last week.
Castellani House is currently exhibiting “Homage to Denis Williams: An Exhibition of Artworks by Indigenous Artists – Celebrating Amerindian Heritage Month” at the National Gallery of Art, running until October 15.