Arabesque It is very peaceful here With the white clouds drifting And the palm trees lifting Graceful arms to fan the air.
Quiet’s Event I The mountains slowly emerge out of mist and cloud This is the epitome of quiet’s event when the sun warm and filled with distant barking of dogs rises inevitably into the mind rises into the world and exists beyond abstraction beyond any attempt to ignore its objective presence, so that we feel eternally alive.
Guyana’s National Drama Festival (NDF) 2017 has now reached the stage where nominations have been made for the various awards and prizes in the different categories.
The National Drama Festival (NDF) is now in progress at the National Cultural Centre.
It was recently announced that Guyanese-British singer, songwriter, musician and producer Eddy Grant has released a new album titled ‘Plaisance’.
Creative Writing in Guyana has a long history, though the formal and certified training in it is very short.
They Came in Ships They came in ships From far across the seas Britain, colonising the East in India Transporting her chains from Chota Nagpur and the Ganges plain.
Albion Wilds Dear Solitude! Where peace and concord dwell, Whose smiling beauties quell The soul’s inquietude.
Popular literature is an important and substantial study. It is a genre whose international impact is astounding.
At this time in Trinidad and Tobago the festival of Ramlila (called Ramleela there) is very widely celebrated.
How can anyone forget the magic of that childhood realm called “on the way home from school…”?
A very significant factor in Carifesta is literature. A meaningful study of this regional cultural festival is a lengthy and complex undertaking that will require many revisits, including its treatment and representation of the region’s literature.
Flame-Heart So much have I forgot in ten years, So much in ten brief years.
Guyana proved itself a major force in Carifesta XIII. The performances and exhibitions commanded attention and made a notable impression upon all, it seemed, in Barbados last month.
Faith is at the core of all religious festivals, but they tend to follow discernible patterns in the way they are practiced.
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!
For The D May I learn the shape of that hurt which captured you nightly into dead city, discovering through streets steep with the sufferer’s beat;
British-American poet W H Auden was talking about the masters of art, the great painters and their study of suffering and the human condition.
The play Watch De Ride 3 recently performed at the National Cultural Centre made a number of apposite statements.
Escape was a full dance production staged at the National Cultural Centre on June 10 last.
Assassins of conversation they bury the voice they assassinate, in the beloved grave of the voice, never to be silent.
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.
Last week’s performance of “Nothing to Laugh About 10” at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) seems to have sealed the issue about current audience choices in popular theatre in Guyana.
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.
Major dramatic productions by schools in Guyana are sporadic, apart from one school that has staged an annual public play for at least the past three years.
‘Tis the season of Shakespeare once again. Today is his birthday – April 23.
[Barry Braithwaite, The Mighty Itanami, Vol. 1, Georgetown, Sphere Entertainment Graphics, Spectrum Creative Productions Ltd, 2017.
Popular theatre returned to the stage of the National Cultural Centre recently with Darren McAlmont’s Woman-In-Law.
Just a week after celebrating Sir Derek Walcott, we have the opportunity to celebrate Wole Soyinka.
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.
We present an article on the fine arts, reviewing the Guyana Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition which was revived in 2012.
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.
New Year’s Day Amid the boom of firecrackers a year has come to an end, And the spring wind has wafted warm breath to the wine.
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?
Two weeks ago we paid a brief visit to the Guyanese storytelling tradition.
(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.
One kill Polly, Polly kill seven And the living was crossed by the dead.
An interesting form of theatre with ancient origins that is well known at this time of the year is the pantomime.