All art is subject to interpretation

Popular songs are normally ephemeral. They are generally like fashion – here today and gone tomorrow despite their impact and success during the time that they command popular acclaim.

Emancipation traditions

One of the most powerful poems by Trinidad and Tobago’s controversial poet Eric Roach is one called ‘Verse in August.’ Roach, a fairly minor poet in the hierarchy of West Indian writers raises interest and controversy because of the contradictory state of his politics as expressed in his poetry, drama and criticism.

The GVACE returns

-with big prize money and one new category

Alim Hosein is an artist, a linguist, a literary and art critic. He is Dean of the School of Education and Humanities at the University of Guyana; Chairman of the GVACE Committee and a member of the Guyana Prize for Literature Management Committee.

High commendations for Nrityageet 35

– dance production retains colour, spectacleThe performance of Nrityageet 35 last weekend to mark Guyana’s celebration of Arrival Day on May 5 will have to be highly commended.

Performing arts in schools

In Guyana the best celebration of the performing arts in schools is seen in Mashramani where schools of all levels from all parts of the country exhibit untypical exuberance and keen rivalry. 

Storytelling and poetry days

Atlas  Give him strength, crouched on one knee in the dark with the earth on his back, balancing the seven seas, the oceans, five, kneeling in ruthless, empty, endless space for grace of whale, dolphin, sea

The celebration of Phagwah

It is always interesting to study traditional festivals, their place in a society and how they are continually affected by time and geography. 

A woman’s reflection on a society

Birdshooting Season   Birdshooting season the men make marriages with their guns My father’s house turns macho as from far the hunters gather   All night long contentless women stir their brews: hot coffee chocolata, cerassie wrap pone and tie-leaf for tomorrow’s sport.

Auden and an old master

About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; how well, they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

Guyanese comedians need to work

Comedy is hard work.  It is also very deceptive.  The current success that it enjoys on the Guyanese stage, and the apparent lightheartedness of it all, the fun, the hilarity, the shooting nonsense to make people laugh, deceives everyone into believing that it is easy. 

A master class in fiction writing

(David Dabydeen Johnson’s Dictionary (Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 221 p.)  Available in paperback) Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language  (1755) is regarded as an exceptional achievement produced by an eighteenth century scholar who is himself described as perhaps the most distinguished man of letters in English history. 

Reflections on the end of the drama festival

To end this series of comments on Guyana’s Third National Drama Festival held in November, 2013, we consider the way the festival closed with four new plays produced by students of the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama. 

Theatre of Realism

The third edition of the Guyana National Drama Festival ended its run of performances last Friday with plays entered by students of the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama. 

A Comfort of Crows

Mark this for a mercy; that here birds, even here,   sustain the wide and impossible highways of warm current, divide the sky; mark this- they all day have amazed the air, that it falls apart from  their heavy wings in thin wedges of sound; though the dull black earth is very still, sweating a special sourness they make high over the  hard thorn-trees their own magnificent turning, they chain all together with very slow journeys to and fro the limits of the dead place; smelling anything old and no longer quick.

A Mexican show of images, colour and words

The Embassy of Mexico in Guyana continued its series of Mexican cultural events with a photographic exhibition outstanding for its show of images, colour and words as it was notorious for its under-representation and unexploited opportunity. 

The rise of Amerindian art

From the current exhibition ‘Silent Witness’ showing the art of George Simon, Oswald Hussein and Victor Captain

By Al Creighton This is an edited version of three features which appeared in Sunday Stabroek on October 24, October 31 and November 7, 2010.  

African spiritual beliefs

On each anniversary of Emancipation the African presence in the Caribbean is celebrated; whatever can be exhibited of the cultural traditions is highlighted and the performing arts pay tribute to the African vestiges that they can claim. 

A sound production

Ronald Hollingsworth over the years has risen to be among the most prominent and established Guyanese dramatists – as both playwright and director. 

Bastille Day

Not wanting to deny, I believed it.  Not wanting to believe it I denied our Bastille Day.