The Republic of Guyana’s annual National Drama Festival (NDF) will take to the stage of the National Cultural Centre for the fourth time starting this Tuesday and running from October 14-22.
Last week we paid attention to some elements of the power of the Amerindian presence in Guyanese culture.
The Umana Yana, ironically destroyed by fire during Guyana’s celebration of Amerindian Heritage Month, was a major visible symbol of Amerindian culture in the city.
One of the most striking events of the past two weeks was the demolition by fire of the Umana Yana in Georgetown on the afternoon of Tuesday September 9.
This week, on Thursday, September 18, four schools, all tertiary colleges specialising in the creative arts disciplines in Guyana, will hold their 2014 Convocation ceremony at the National Cultural Centre.
Naya Zamana 19: The Royal Twist, directed and choreographed by Vindhya Persaud, continued the established practice of annual full dance productions by companies in Guyana with an emphatic statement.
A nation’s art, its literature, music, theatre and dance traditions all arise from, are influenced and shaped by its culture.
Autobiography will come in various forms, often in varying degrees of factual information and different postures of pretence.
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.
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 Enchanted Caribbean is one of the annual productions of the National Dance Company.
We are reminded that The Tides of Susan-burg by distinguished Guyanese dramatist Francis Quamina Farrier is a history-making drama.
We have on many occasions commented on the very strong and noble tradition of comic theatre in the Caribbean with insights into its history.
One of the very important plays in the post-Independence literature of Guyana is being shown at the Theatre Guild Playhouse this weekend.
This morning is new, but the sun that made it is old. New and Old is the face of the world’s great grief A green leaf on the branch of a tree fingers our time’s disgraceful space.
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.
For most persons around the world the internationally popular musical form reggae began with Bob Marley.
Guyanese literature is multifaceted and, not surprising for any national literature, it becomes very difficult to generalise or reach pat conclusions about it.
– Guyana plays catch up with Caricom neighbours Formal training in the performing arts is developing in Guyana, and indeed around the Caribbean.
– 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.
Horizon Arts Production is a theatre company that was recently founded and has cemented its place on the Guyanese stage in the past four years.
A new play by Janice Imhoff, The Eleventh Finger, was recently produced by SENOJ directed by Collette Jones-Chin and performed at the Impeccable Banquet Hall.
Easter is a religious festival that exhibits the regular characteristics of the large festivals of its type.
A number of very important works of literature in the Caribbean that might have been out of print became available in Klaus Reprint, and were republished in Germany in 1970.
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.
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
It is always interesting to study traditional festivals, their place in a society and how they are continually affected by time and geography.
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.
The Link Show is celebrating its 30th production during its current run for the year 2014.
As Guyana celebrates Republicanism with Mashramani and the 2014 Trinidad Carnival moves into high gear, the greatest calypsonian of all time, The Mighty Sparrow, is awarded Trinidad and Tobago’s highest honour, but in Guyana questions are raised over the calypso form itself.
Where Death was Kind Long had I thought Of death And the n they told me You were dead.
Particularly in the Caribbean the subject of drumming becomes very pertinent whenever African culture or the Month of Black History is celebrated.
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.
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.
Today is the 100th birthday of Guyanese poet and man of letters, Arthur James Seymour (January 12, 1914-December 25, 1989).
Christmas is a religious festival. Although it now falls under several other types, it is the most important calendar celebration for Christians.
(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.
It is always very interesting to study the trends and characteristics of theatre in Guyana, as indeed it is to survey the rest of the Caribbean.
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.
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.
The Third National Drama Festival of Guyana, which is now in session, seems to be confirming the growing trend among Guyanese playwrights to use drama to tackle burning social issues.
The Commonwealth Foundation in London has announced the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which is a competition open to all writers across the Commonwealth.
The recent performance of the Dance Season 2013 of the National Dance Company titled Suites –Revista choreographed and directed by Vivienne Daniel, in some ways underlines a number of significant factors in the place and state of the company at the present time.
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.
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.
Cassia Alphonso’s Black Cake Mix, won the award for Best Book of Poetry in the 2012 Guyana Prize for Literature, jointly with Ian McDonald’s The Comfort of All Things.
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.
One of the very interesting traditional festivals that still exist in the Caribbean has its grand performance at the end of August each year.
The Guyana Prize for Literature Awards 2012 will be announced and presented tonight at the Awards Presentation to be held at the Pegasus Hotel starting at 7.00pm.
A part of the Amerindian heritage that is very well known, highly visible and accessible is the literature.