Francis Farrier takes a stroll down Carifesta memory lane

nFrancis Farrier takes a stroll down Carifesta memory lane

Stabroek News – July 20, 2008 – Archives | By Nils Campbell

As the time counts down to Carifesta X next month [August 2008], prize-winning Guyanese playwright Francis Quamina Farrier takes a stroll down memory lane to the year 1972 when Guyana launched the first Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts.

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

With his trademark gleefulness, he serenades with the words of “Welcome to Carifesta“ composed and sung by popular Guyanese calypsonian Lord Canary (Malcolm Corrica):

“Welcome to Carifesta ‘72,
Oh what a great cultural breakthrough…
Carifesta ‘72, Carifesta I’m inviting you
To 22 days of education, frolic and fun,
Carifesta ‘72, Carifesta it’s a big to-do,
We welcome you to CARIFESTA ‘72”

Farrier had been a leading light in bringing the festival to fruition. At age 70, he is still gifted with a nimbleness of wit to recall that it was conceived out of an appeal from a regional gathering of artists who were at the time participating in a Writers and Artists Convention in Georgetown, Guyana in 1970. The convention had coincided with Guyana’s move to Republican status.

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Also read:

A globe-trotting journalist and household name… Francis Quamina

Kaieteur News, December 13, 2009,

By Dale Andrews

Most people know him as the globe-trotting reporter who brings you the unusual stories.

But there is indeed a lot more to the life of Francis Quamina Farrier.

Apart from being a journalist, he is a playwright, actor, radio personality and yes, a husband and father.

And at an age when most would have hung up their gloves, Uncle Francis, as he is sometimes referred to, continues to blaze a trail that is the envy of many.

Born in Broad Street, Charlestown, to a Grenadian father and a Guyanese mother, Francis Quamina Farrier is the second of four children.

He grew up in Agricola, a small community a few miles outside of the city, but considers himself 100 percent urban, since in those days of the 1940s, he only had to walk about 30 minutes to reach the heart of Georgetown.  [more]

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