The Guyana Cultural Association of New York….. says THANK YOU!

The Guyana Cultural Association of New York…..says THANK  YOU!

We, the members of the Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc. express our sincere thanks to all who helped to make our 2015 Guyana Folk Festival season a success. There were more attendees at all of the events—the Awards Ceremony, Kwe Kwe Night, the Literary Hang and Family Fun Day. More than 11,000 attended the annual Family Fun Day 2015 in Brooklyn. This represented a 22 percent increase over 2014’s. Thank you, Brooklyn!

The increased presence of visitors from Guyana, as well as displays of art and products manufactured there made Folk Festival 2015 memorable. This year, GCA was pleased to welcome Honorable Cathy Hughes, Minister of Tourism. In addition, to hosting an exhibition on Guyana’s tourism product and showcasing Guyanese food and beverages at Family Fun Day, Minister Hughes attended Kwe Kwe Night and the Literary Hang. 

At all of these events, the honorable minister spoke about the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations and the importance of heritage in the development of Diaspora engagement practice. At the Literary Hang, she congratulated the Guyanese writers present and offered a few suggestions to a strategy for getting writings by Guyanese in the Diaspora to readers in Guyana.

Thank you, Minister Hughes. Please come again.

A special feature at Folk Festival 2015 was the Masquerade Ensemble, fresh from Carifesta XII in Haiti. The participation of the masquerade group from Guyana is an outcome of an ongoing partnership between GCA and the Department of Culture, Youth, and Sport in the Ministry of Education. Since 2012, the partnership has been developing a program of activities to revitalize masquerade. The participation of Guyana’s Masquerade Ensemble in Family Fun Day 2015 represents an ongoing effort to increase awareness among Guyanese at home and in the Diaspora about a resilient and distinctive Guyanese creative expression—one that Guyanese can comfortably identify as “we own.”

The members of the Guyana Cultural Association of New York wish to extend our sincerest thanks to the Government of Guyana, the Embassy of the United States in Guyana, Enrico Woolford, and Fly Jamaica for making the visit of the masquerade band possible.

Our special thanks are also extended to the members of the Guyanese community who opened their homes and hearts to Guyana’s Masquerade Ensemble. We extend thanks to Maurice Blenman, Lynnette Bell and Lloyd Porter for providing hospitality, accommodation and logistics for the visitors. We also thank the Guyanese at Nostrand Avenue who made the ensemble feel at home with the masquerade groove.

Our thanks are also extended thanks to the Anything Guyanese First Facebook community! AGF rocks virtually and in reality. GCA is a community of volunteers. This year we recognize Kojo McPherson, Kwesi Oginga, Paulette Barry, Glenna Tony, and Brooklyn Lions Transition Club. Again, thank you for your support in 2015.

We in GCA look forward to your ongoing support in 2016, our 15th anniversary and Guyana’s 50th anniversary. “We Bridgin …”

Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc. 1368 E. 89 St., Suite 2 Brooklyn, NY 11236 Phone: 800 774 5762

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The Guyana Cultural Association NY Inc. is a Not-For-Profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to promoting our culture through the annual Guyana Folk Festival.

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  • needybad4u  On 09/14/2015 at 1:36 pm

    A wonderful expression of Guyanese relationship without barriers, TFS Cyril Bryan.

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