Arts on Sunday

Arts on Sunday

William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564-April 23, 1616) is the subject of intensified attention this weekend in his birthplace Stratford, England, and the rest of the world will take notice this week Tuesday, because April 23 will mark the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday.

The major comedy show of the year

Arts on Sunday

We have on previous occasions commented on the theatre of comedy as a tradition in the Caribbean, its changing trends and the way it has grown to become serious business in the Guyanese theatre. 

Indebted to Chinua Achebe

Arts on Sunday

We returned to our places, these kingdoms But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation With an alien people clutching their gods  Eliot, “The Journey of the Magi” Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.     

Fate, fortune and World Storytelling Day

Arts on Sunday

World Story-telling Day is celebrated across the globe in several different countries. What started in Sweden in 1990 or 1991 (the records are not specific) as an organised event faded out and became sporadic before it gained sufficient recognition to be an annual event observed in several countries annually on March 20, as it now is.

The NCN calypso ban

Arts on Sunday

What mighty contests rise from trivial Things -Pope The Rape of the Lock …divers coloured fans, whose wind did seem to glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool, and what they undid did – Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra Guyana’s major national festival Mashramani exploded in colour, spectacle, performance, revelry and music in February 2013 as the nation celebrated its Republic anniversary.

The season for theatre

Arts on Sunday

This season is known for theatre in the Caribbean. Curiously, this theatre exists and has sprung from two different traditions: one that takes place on the formal (western) stage, and another belonging to the traditional theatre of the folk. 

Honouring Edgar Mittelholzer

Edgar Mittelholzer (1909-1965) is a major Guyanese writer.  Not only is he one of the most recognized Guyanese writers, but the nation accords him a most distinguished place in its literature and heritage. 

Amerindians and perceptions

If one were to look at the heritage of Amerindian arts and culture in Guyana from the perspective of records and treatment in the colonial period one will find mixed attitudes and treatments – from serious study to superficiality, stereotyping and romanticism; from thorough and valuable documentation to disapproval and scepticism. 

Remembering A J Seymour’s Amalivaca

. . . Seven days now this womb of sacred waters Has made its marriage with oblivion Over the sounding cliff of rock and I Amalivaca in this tiny wedge Driven between the witness centuries, Have drowned my mind within the moving flood, Married my human to watery particles Searching the smoothness secret of its power.

Trinidad and Tobago: Fifty years on

The British Caribbean celebrates 50 years of nationhood in 2012.  Although most of the territories did not become independent until the years between 1966 and the 1970s, the age of ‘the Caribbean Nation’ is defined by the year 1962 when the first two islands gained Independence.

Celebrating the Guianas

The Guiana Shield is mostly defined in geographical and geological terms since its location, landscape, earth structure and vegetation are what define it.

The serious business of comedy

The Caribbean performance traditions have always included very strong forms of comedy. These have included indigenous forms, the influences of the popular culture, imported styles and various types of stage performance. 

The ‘Art’ of diplomacy

Over many years the Embassy of the United States of America in Georgetown has been involved in a range of artistic presentations in Guyana. 

The incomparable Philip Moore

By Alim Hosein It might be a trite expression, but indeed, the passing of Philip Moore – the Immanuel Kweku Moorji – marks the end of an era in Guyanese art.

The power of the jonkanoo parade

We have on different occasions reviewed the masquerade tradition in the Caribbean.  It is a very old and deep-rooted foundation of Caribbean culture with historical records that reach back to the seventeenth century, and is the most pervasive far-reaching and wide-ranging cultural practice known to the region. 

A look at David Dabydeen’s literature

Some years ago, David Dabydeen did a presentation on the close historical relationship between British art and sugar, articulating the association of art with the financial gains of African slavery in the West Indies.

Attempt at film industry continues

The attempts to build a Guyanese film industry continue. The latest contribution in this long-running saga is the new film A Jasmine for A Gardener directed by Mahadeo Shivraj and released in Georgetown last week.