We have previously made comments on different factors concerning Emancipation and the state of African culture in Guyana and the Caribbean.
In the Caribbean there are several cultural forms and events that tend to associate themselves with the First of August.
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.
Guyanese playwright Ronald Hollingsworth has over the years earned a place for himself on the contemporary Guyanese stage.
Over many years the Embassy of the United States of America in Georgetown has been involved in a range of artistic presentations in Guyana.
Apart from ER Braithwaite, June is also the month in which another Guyanese writer was born.
In another ten days, on June 27, 2012, one of Guyana’s celebrated writers will be 100 years old.
When it comes to reflection on the quality of life in one’s own time, there is always the looking back to a past ‘golden age’ when things were better.
Amerindian art in Guyana has generated forms in painting and sculpture which are the most unique in the anglophone Caribbean.
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.
A new play, Front Yard, was performed a week ago at the National Cultural Centre by one of the newest theatre companies in Guyana.
Trevor Rhone’s Old Story Time has now become one of the most revisited plays produced and performed in Guyana.
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.
The Theatre Company and GEMS Theatre Productions have a few reasons to feel some sense of achievement in the staging of The GT&T Link Show 28 directed by Ron Robinson and managed by Gem Madhoo-Nascimento.
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.
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.
Holi or Phagwah is a religious festival. It is also a national festival in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago where it belongs to other categories as well, viz, a calendar and a traditional festival.
Two recent comments in the newspapers revisited the subject of the calypso art form in Guyana.
West Indian literature or the literature of the Caribbean provides an excellent illustration of the currently accepted understanding of what literature means.
What is literature? Definitions have gone far and wide and have included common misconceptions, and for quite a while, there has been a new understanding of what is considered literature where the academic study of it is concerned.
Last week the world celebrated the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens who was born on February 7, 1812 in England.
The imposition of dress codes has been a resurgent and irksome issue in Guyana in recent years, and on occasions there have been public complaints about the manner in which persons are denied entry to public buildings.
The Darking Thrush I leant upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-gray, And Winter’s dregs made desolate The weakening eye of day The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh Had sought their household fires.
In January 2011 The Theatre Guild of Guyana presented awards to the best performances that were staged at the Guild Playhouse during the year 2010.
What is calypso? Many have attempted to answer that question, including a few calypsonians.
The Trinidad Carnival is often called “the greatest show on earth” even though the Rio Carnival in Brazil might have claim to that title.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?
Christmas is a religious festival, but it is much more than that. It is Christian, and is one of those typical religious festivals that are expressions of belief with internal sacred rituals and worship, but which also have a large public outreach.
When old age shall this generation waste, Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou sayst, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
As mentioned in a previous discussion, there is no shortage of celebrated verses to mark the United Nations designated International Year of People of African Descent (IYPAD) in 2011.
There is a great irony in Guyana in the way one of its greatest unifying forces has been characterized as a force of division.
If We Must Die If we must die, let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Marking their mock at our accursed lot.
The very popular Jamaican play Ghett-Out has proved itself to be a work of limited dramatic achievements.
Guyana’s National Dance Company (NDC) performed its Season 32 on October 22 – 23, 2011 on the theme Hello Darkness.
Two related Caribbean festivals are again topical at this time of the year.
There is a close interrelationship between historical/ anthropological documents about Amerindian culture and traditions and Guyanese Amerindian literature.
The importance of the Amerindian heritage to the literature of Guyana has been articulated with specific reference to the fact that what is normally referred to as Guyanese literature includes Amerindian folk tales.
Amerindian literature is a significant factor in the Guyanese cultural heritage, and it is important to highlight its contribution at a time when there is a focus on the Amerindian heritage in the country.
Guyana Prize Chairman of the Jury Victor Ramraj in his official report commented on the excellence of the poetry in the Guyana Prize 2010 which prompted the panel to select a shortlist of six books.
By Alim Hosein As part of the Guyana Prize for Literature 2010 awards activities at the beginning of this month, items from a series of prints done by one of the judges, Stewart Brown, were exhibited at Castellani House.
The winning books in The Guyana Prize for Literature 2010 which were announced at the awards ceremony on September 1, make a statement about where Guyanese and Caribbean literature are today.
In November 2010 the Guyana Prize for Literature announced that it was opening a new page in its literary activities to strengthen its developmental partnership with Caribbean literature.
A number of interesting factors will arise from an examination of the shortlists of contending books released by the juries of the Guyana Prize.
Last week we attempted a broad overview of the African presence in Guyanese culture; the nature of it, the way it manifests itself and its considerable influence on the national culture and social structure.
An assessment of the African presence in Guyana becomes topical annually around the time of the anniversary of Emancipation.
Sir Walter Ralegh (1554-1618) has been both cursed and celebrated in this part of the world, just as he was in England in his time.
Edward Ricardo Braithwaite is a Guyanese novelist and scientist who served as writer, teacher and diplomat during his long career.
Several folk tales have many versions, so that the same story may be known in different countries each of which has its own variations on the theme.
Popular plays revel in topicality and reap rewards from their engagements with something resembling the carpe diem philosophy relished by Metaphysical poets in the camp of the ‘Cavaliers’ of the seventeenth century.
The recent performance of the Jamaican play Ova Mi Dead Body by Paul Beale was a very timely intervention where the state of Caribbean theatre is concerned.