Guyana showcases rich culture at CARIFESTA XIV in Trinidad

By Vishani Ragobeer – 

A replica of Guyana’s Stabroek Market towers over the Avenue of the Caribbean at the Grand Market at the Queen’s Park Savannah. This edifice houses the craft and art merchandise brought by the participating countries (Vishani Ragobeer photo)

THE 100-strong Guyanese delegation currently in Trinidad for CARIFESTA XIV is showcasing the country’s rich and diverse culture, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr. George Norton said.   

CARIFESTA XIV got underway on Friday, August 16 with a massive ‘Parade of Nations’ where each of the participating countries marched down the road.

Guyana has already started to leave an indelible impression on spectators and participants at CARIFESTA XIV, with its performance at the Parade of Nations which was held on Friday at the Queen’s Park Savannah (Vishani Ragobeer photo)

Guyana left an indelible impression on the spectators and other participants through its unique show of the various ethnic groups and while being where all the “hype” was.
“We’re taking this opportunity to show to the Caribbean and the rest of the world who we actually are,” Dr. Norton underscored.

Over the 10 days of CARIFESTA, the social cohesion minister opined that the Guyana delegation will definitely be illustrating innovation to the rest of the Caribbean. This will be done through every aspect the country is engaging in, from drama and dance, to art and craft.

“Culture is a dynamic something, it keeps constantly changing and we hope that we’ll be able to show the new changes that we have,” he said. This will capitalise on the diverse plural society it encompasses, by having smaller delegations representing each indigenous group.

Trinidadian masqueraders delighted the crowd on the opening day of the Grand Market of CARIFESTA XIV at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Saturday (Vishani Ragobeer photo)

Cognisant that the host country, Trinidad is noted for hosting many international activities and large events, the minister noted that the Guyanese will also be paying keen attention to Trinidad’s way of ‘doing things’ while learning from the country’s shortcomings.

“We are not too far behind in terms of getting our act together,” he affirmed, adding that: “I hope we will learn from the mistakes of Trinidad.”

On Saturday, the CARIFESTA ‘Grand Market’ opened at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. Here, Guyana showcased its food, fashion, arts and craft, among others through the festival.

Moreover, the ‘market’ encompassed various sections including food area and the fashion square. These sections have been designed replicas of landmarks and monuments across the Caribbean. Guyana’s Stabroek Market stands tall along the Avenue of the Caribbean and houses all of the craft and art merchandise.

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  • guyaneseonline  On August 19, 2019 at 1:12 am

    CARIFESTA XIV SHOWCASE…Standing ovation for Guyana’s dancers
    Aug 19, 2019 Kaieteur News
    Guyana: Dancers at Carifesta XIV - 2019
    The graceful yet compelling movements of the dancers from Guyana’s delegation, on Saturday evening, had members of the audience calling for an encore. Wrapped in soft flowing garments, and swaying to melodious music, the dancers gave every lift of the arm, every dip of the torso every twirl deep meaning. The choreography enthralled the audience and did Guyana proud.

    The dance troupe, which included members of Guyana’s National Dance Company, performed ‘Decades of Dance,’ created by Vivienne Daniels at CARIFESTA XIV’s Dance showcase.

    The event was held on Saturday night at the Queens Hall Theatre in Trinidad.

    Richard Ambrose, a delegate from the St. Lucian contingent told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that Guyana’s presentation took his breath away. He said this demonstrates the nation’s cultural and creative industry is going in the right direction.

    “It was beautiful to see Guyana represented because we do not know everything about your art and culture. The dancers were amazing; there was a lot of passion… a lot of energy, a lot of effort towards great technique… so kudos to those young people,” he said.

    Another delegate from St. Lucia, Christopher Duncan said he could not take his eyes off the performance, “not even for a moment”.

    “Spectacular is the word I use to describe it. There was one male dancer in particular… he defined purpose, drive and determination…to see him flow with that flexibility …it was wonderful…the rest I think spoke for itself, it was magnificent,” he said. Duncan said he will be keeping a close eye on the dancers moving forward

    Before the Guyana dance troupe bowed out for the night to enjoy the rest of acts slated, some of the members shared with DPI their thoughts about their performance.

    Sattie Udho, said, “it felt amazing to perform with such amazing artists and represent our country… we felt it deep in our hearts that we made Guyana proud.” Maresha Arthur was pleased with the group’s performance. “It was a wonderful experience to be able to represent my country putting my best foot forward while being an ambassador for my country. Our performance is a memorable one.”

    It is expected that Guyana’s “A year in a day” dramatic presentation set to take centre stage, on Sunday evening, will truly capture the essence of Guyana and its citizens in a microcosm.
    (A DPI feature)

  • needybad4u/Leonard Dabydeen  On August 19, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Guyana’s cultural extravaganza at the CARIFESTA XIV in TT deserves standing ovation.
    Leonard Dabydeen

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