St Cuthbert’s Mission is an Amerindian settlement 60+ miles down the Mahaica River.
Pardon me for being repetitive, but with the recently concluded graduation of artists across their respective fields under the newly formed Institute of Creative Arts; and the National Drama Festival’s first set of plays to be staged in less than a month, I feel it is my duty to return to arts and its place in our future.
In the month we celebrate the aboriginal people of Guyana the tragic destruction of the Umana Yana by fire on September 9 was an unfortunate blow to the heritage and celebration of Amerindian Heritage Month, Guyanese history and our culture.
September is the month when we celebrate the first peoples of this land; their culture, their heritage, their history and remember why special attention needs to be placed on protecting their livelihoods, and their land.
Listening to Rihanna earlier this week (not on the radio) plead with the DJ to put the song “pon de replay” and also to “turn the music up” because “all the gyal on the dance floor wantin’ some more” suddenly reminded me that I had not listened to the radio in a while.
Over the last few weeks I have been writing reviews on my experiences around the city; the culture, arts and night life.
So where do you go when you want relax and have a few drinks with friends?
Socialising in Georgetown really depends on your disposal income. Your pocket determines or dictates where you hang out.
Take a walk through this city and be amazed by it all. But to be amazed you first have to know and to know you must see, to see you must look.
The city is yours. It’s part of you now. You’re part of it.
Georgetown is the city of my birth and I have an admiration for its handsomeness.
Into the third week of drama classes I developed a strong interest in subtexts, learning about characters, becoming the character, method acting.
For nearly a month now, as part of my ambition to explore the culture and art of dear old Guyana and dive into vacation season I started attending theatre classes after weeks of consultation and advice from dramatists.
Ugh! It’s happening again. I open Microsoft Word and stare at the new blank page.
Social media in Guyana has been on fire since Sunday with “Lisa Punch” and “Rising Star” trending.
So, stemming from last week’s whole “Do we date?” It is clear the answer is maybe not.
Guys? How do you look for Miss Right? How do you get a girlfriend?
There are some people who will say and absolutely believe that Georgetown is a boring city with nothing to see, nothing to do and nothing to experience but I say experiences can come out of nowhere; it is a journey you make yourself to explore, to live and always try new things.
World renowned American poet and author Marguerite Ann Johnson, popularly known by her penname Maya Angelou died on Wednesday morning at the age of 86.
When it comes to local pageants Miss Guyana Universe has always been the most anticipated; there must be a great deal of pressure on the wearer of this crown and to a lesser extent, the Miss Guyana World title holder as well.
It’s that time of the year again when the air grows thick with competition and rivalry as a magnitude of pageants unroll.
By Mariatha Causway Aka Jennifer Thomas In my belly The ultra sound Portrayed your sweetness In profile view.
It should be the dream of every Guyanese to visit the Kaieteur Falls.
So we landed and I exited the plane stretching and appreciating the environment.
As the Chinese Philosopher Lao-tzu taught “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and so a year ago, I made the first step in my commitment to explore this country; its cultures and people, places and things in what I deem would be my ultimate adventure, spiritual even as I try to be in touch with Guyana.
One of the questions I have been frequently asked is if writing isn’t boring or time consuming.
I love my job. I really do. It’s been a hop, a skip and a jump from Marian Academy’s The Pendance to a one-off publication in the Catholic Standard to this.
By Mariatha Causway Aka Jennifer Thomas I am woman I am built strongly Specifically To ride on the emotional waves Of my love On the tides of child bearing
Every now and again I call on all of us to support our local entertainment industry.
In this little piece of paradise we call Guyana, we hardly depend on the tourism industry yet we have much to offer.
Some people are arguing that there is no longer a Mashramani, not even in the traditional sense of the word.
I would love to know why we really celebrate Mashramani. Ask a school child and he or she will say almost robotically, “Mashramani is a celebration after hard work.” Hard work my –bleep – Is the work done?
Guyanese-born poet, writer and academic David Dabydeen is perhaps one of the most colourful literary artists of his time.
The clarion call for local music to be given its rightful place on radio, television and live shows is a song whose refrain is very well known.
I love Soca music! Absolutely love it! The genre defines my phone’s playlist and I have the energy for it.
Honestly, no one knows the constant battles in my head. There are three personas: I call them Joy, Sadness and Anger, all speaking at the same time; all telling stories and trying to solve puzzles.
I stand with the ones who are disrespected, who are wronged and simply put, tired of it all.
I know I said all of this before, but it really is worth repeating.
The way the season started, I just was not feeling it. Murphy’s Law kicked in and everything that could possibly go wrong did.
The Christmas holidays have always been the best time of year for me and my family.
To the casual observer, I’m probably just a shy kid, who always has his phone in his hands, or his headphones plugged into his ears as he walks—as my friend describes it—like a peacock, head in the air, synchronised steps and seeming to have not a care in the world.
Me, I’m not a sports guy. Not that I hate it: I love playing softball; could slam a few tennis balls; I used to cycle; was great at sprinting and long jumping.
Earlier this week, I sat down with my young cousin helping him study for a literature test.
Let us look at the future of drama in the Guyanese context and reflect on its importance.
The glitz and glamour of the commercialised Christmas sparkles everywhere; trees are going up, streets are filled with pedestrian traffic, shops and stalls are springing up all over and police officers are now on almost every city block downtown.
One of the pluses of being a young writer is that we tend to look at the world in a different way.
There is something awfully sad about the entertainment industry in Guyana. Some people even argue that this industry is non-existent but we do have one; though skewed, it is very present in society.
Remember that BlackBerry craze in 2009? Remember it again in 2011? Well you definitely won’t forget 2013’s rush as everyone with a smartphone signed in this week to download BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for the Android and iOS.
There are certain careers where one must display professionalism. No, excuse me, in every career one must display professionalism not just to uphold the goodwill of the company they serve, but because of their own integrity and the need to respect those to whom they provide a service.
The University of Guyana (UG) is celebrating its golden anniversary this month. Fifty years and still going strong?