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.
Christmas is a religious festival. There are two festivals of equal importance in the Christian religion – Christmas and Easter – although the former is larger and grander.
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.
What is one of the major festivals of the Caribbean and a unique event in the region has just ended in Guyana.
“I and I” My six-foot-one, two-twenty-pound frame mixes two skin tones and matches my brown eyes.
Reviewed by Romona Bennett This week we present a book review. The novel Something Buried in the Yard by Michelle Asantewa is reviewed by Romona Bennett.
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.
The National Drama Festival (NDF) of 2016 begins at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) today with the staging of plays in the preliminary round.
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.
Trickster II (For Lee “Scratch” Perry) A voice cried out in the wilderness.
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.
The play Ti Jean and His Brothers is one of the new texts prescribed on the CXC syllabus in its new cycle.
There Was An Indian There was an Indian, who had known no change, Who strayed content along a sunlit beach Gathering shells.
The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha last week presented their annual theatre Naya Zamana 21, a theatrical adventure titled ‘Lost In Time.’ It showed a very settled, top-flight theatrical production whose serious emphasis was not on a dramatic play or plot, but on dance theatre production and tradition where its real significant achievements lie.
Here begynneth a treatyse how þe hye Fader of Heven sendeth Dethe to somon every creature to come and gyve acounte of theyr lyves in this worlde, and is in maner of a morall playe.
1st of AUGUST, 1838 ‘Oh ye first of August freed men who now liberty enjoy; Salute the day and shout hurrah to Queen Victoria; On this glad day the galling chains of Slavery were broke From off the necks of Afric’s sons, who bled beneath its yoke.
The National Dance Company (NDC) last week staged ‘A Celebration of African Heritage,’ as one of its six regular annual programmes on specified themes at different times of the year.
There is an often repeated lament in Guyana about the state of the local theatre.
African dance will no doubt be at the top of the agenda during this season of Emancipation celebrations.
The Indian High Commission in Guyana, especially through the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in Georgetown, has exposed Guyanese audiences to a variety of Indian performances and cultural forms.
VERSE 27: Light, oh where is the light? Kindle it with the burning fire of desire!
The theatre is built on traditions, some with historical significance, some arising from the formal nature of the profession, others because of its prevailing sense of nobility, though several of those origins are unknown, hazy and speculative.
The virtues, the value, the merits and the importance of the work of Stephanie Bowry are yet unsung.
Several Guyanese plays of historic significance were recently staged at the Theatre Guild and National Cultural Centre as part of a Jubilee festival.
2016 remains a significant and celebrated year for Shakespeare. It is commemorated worldwide as the 450th year since his death in 1616, and following major and clamorous celebratory events in London and Stratford in April, there are still similar programmes continuing during this year in England and elsewhere, including Guyana.
Coolie Mother Jasmattie live in bruk – Down hut big like Bata shoe box, Beat clothes, weed yard, chop wood, feed fowl For this body and that body and every blasted body, Fetch water, all day fetch water like if the whole – Whole slow-flowing Canje River God create Just for she one own bucket.
Elsa’s Version Lawd God I tired fe hear it I tired fe hear it so till.
On previous occasions we have offered surveys of different areas of Guyanese literature, from its origins in the oral literature of the native Amerindians in the pre-Columbian period, through the beginnings of the scribal literature—both Dutch and British—covering the colonial literature up to the founding of modern Guyanese national literature.
The Guyanese Alphabet A for the great Arapaima River fish that’s as tall as a man,
While there has been a kind of cooling off in the offer of plays on the popular commercial market, there has been a stepping up of activity on the Guyanese stage.
by Alim Hosein The National Gallery of Art, in collaboration with the University of Guyana, the Guyana National Museum and the St Joseph Mercy Hospital will mount a special exhibition in celebration of Guyana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.
2016 is already a very important year for anniversaries. For the nation of the Republic of Guyana it is most significant because it is the country’s 50th year since Independence and Golden Jubilee celebrations dominate its cultural agenda.
April 23, 2016 is an extremely important anniversary on the world literary calendar.