Guyana Folk Festival Symposium 2011 – Update

Guyana Folk Festival Symposium 2011

Aal bady, Waan bady   – (An Update on August 14, 2011)

The theme for the 10th anniversary of the Guyana Cultural Association of New York and the Guyana Folk Festival is “Aal bady, Waan bady.”  The goal is to explore the on-going process of (aal bady) becoming (waan bady)—Guyanese.

The symposium, scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2011 at SUNY/Empire State College, 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 contributes to that goal by examining contemporary ideas about the cultural similarities, common experiences, and traditions of solidarity and friendship that have developed in Guyana over the past 350 years.  The theme for the 2011 symposium is “Arrivals, Encounters, and Exchange.”

The 2011 symposium will feature paper presentations, panel discussions, performances, and a parallel video festival. Among the participants are:   

Paper presentations

Dr. Frank Birbalsingh:  “Guyanese literature—Rooplall Monar.”

Dr. Vibert Cambridge:  “Music and the early 20th century Guyanese diaspora in Harlem, NY.”

John Criswick:  “Cumfa.”

Dr. Walter Edwards:  “Linguistic and sociolinguistics characteristics of Guyanese chutney lyrics.”

Alan Fenty:  “A Plate-a-Guyana Cook-up.”

Carl Hazlewood:  “A possible integrative function of the visual arts of Guyana.”

Harry Hergash:  “Indian-Guyanese words and phrases—arrivals, adaptations, obsolescence.”

Dr. Paloma Mohamed:  “The Creole (1842-1907):  Guyana’s 2nd Black newspaper.”

Henry Mootoo:  “Transcending Actuality:  The Yard in December.”

Cynthia Nelson:   “Blogging and gaffing:  Guyanese food, Guyanese identity formation & digital media.”

Gillian Richards-Greaves:  “Negotiating African Guyanese ethnic identities through Kweh Kweh ritual dance.”

Desmond Roberts:  Transnationalism and retention:  The Indo-Guyanese community in New York City.

Rohan Sagar:  “A visit to my neighbors—4000 years later.”

Romesh Singh:  “Division of labor among Guyanese and Trinidadian Obeah practitioners:  A social perspective.”

Rampersaud Tiwari:  “My elders & the Non Pariel Uprising of 13 October 1896.”

Performances

Performances are expected from:

Ken Crosbie– on being a Guyanese in a new land.

Terry Gajraj– on Indian Guyanese folk music

The Mighty Rebel– on political calypsos-1982-2006.

Video festival

Among the productions to be presented are:

Errol Brewster’s:  Flambeau.

Kean Gibson:  Cumfa:  A month for the entertainment of spirits

Kean Gibson:  Kwe Kwe:  African Guyanese dance traditions

Ingrid Griffith:  Rough cut of new film A Potter-Griffith Family Reunion.

North West Organics:  Cassava—Our Culture, Our Life.

Ray Seales:  Afro-Guyanese Church service on East Bank Demerara.

Efforts will be made to use the Internet to facilitate participation by Guyanese at home and in the diaspora.  The details on that process will be provided in a separate e-mail.

Please circulate this update to your network.  We look forward to seeing you at the 10th anniversary symposium on Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. at SUNY/Empire State College, 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Aal bady, Waan bady

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 08/14/2011 at 6:44 pm

    Efforts will be made to use the Internet to facilitate participation by Guyanese at home and in the diaspora. The details on that process will be provided in a separate e-mail.

    > Congratulations on the wide range of paper presentations and performances. I would love to participate. Kindly add me to your e-mail list.

    Rosaliene Bacchus
    Writer
    Los Angeles, CA

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