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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”

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