Guyana to field contingent of 60 to CARIFESTA XIII

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Guyana dancers perform at the closing ceremony of CARIFESTA XII in Haiti.
Guyana dancers perform at the closing ceremony of CARIFESTA XII in Haiti.

(Georgetown, March 07, 2017) – Even as efforts continue on the road to the Caribbean being showcased, domestic plans are moving apace to make Guyana’s participation at CARIFESTA XIII as broad-based as possible.

CARIFESTA XIII is slated for staging in Barbados during the period August 17-27, and the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport proposes to field a 60-strong contingent. Guyana has already registered to field a contingent to the event and to ensure the broad-based participation idea is realised, on Tuesday, 11 April, Hon. Minister Nicolette Henry is set to chair a CARIFESTA Planning meeting in the boardroom of the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, Main Street.

At that meeting, members of the respective planning committees will be issued Terms of Reference of Guyana’s proposed plans.

Further, that gathering should feature participants’ presentations of their plans with specific reference to their area of expertise. Additionally, they are expected to share proposed plans for the commencement of National auditions and or judging of works to shortlist what will be Guyana’s presentation for CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados.

Guyana to field 60 member contingent to CARIFESTA (Photo via Nicolette Henry)
Guyana to field 60 member contingent to CARIFESTA (Photo via Nicolette Henry)

The theme for CARIFESTA XIII is ‘Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating Ourselves’.

The first Guyana meeting of minds was hosted on Friday, 13 January, 2017, where more than 25 officials and creative minds were briefed by the Minister within the Ministry of Education, Hon, Nicolette Henry and Special Projects Officer, Mr. Lennox Canterbury on the expectations and responsibilities at the local and regional levels.

At the last meeting the group was tasked with charting a way forward to ensure Guyana’s active participation at the regional event in keeping with the overarching theme of presenting the country as a ‘Green-State’ to the Caribbean and the World. That concept was articulated by Minister Henry to the creative minds present.

Initial reports indicate that Guyana will, more than likely, field a team of representatives to this major culture, arts and entertainment event in more than 13 categories. These include Craft, Culinary Arts, Fashion, Film Festival, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Symposia, Animation, Storytelling Events, Grand Cultural Market, Trade Fair, Youth Focus and Community Festival.

At the last meeting the group was also apprised of the additional fringe activities for artists outside of the government-sponsored delegations.

Those include the Caribbean Rum Festival, Trade Fair and Market for producers/suppliers of artistic products, Body and Soul Line (herbs, healthy lifestyles, massages, foods and animation).

As part of the Guyana delegation’s proposal, several persons were tentatively pinpointed as Steering Committee Heads who were tasked with working on a blue-print for each category of participation.

At that meeting they were informed by Minister Henry that their ideas must be guided by the overarching theme of Guyana leading the way for a ‘greener world’ beyond the colour “green” towards the green agenda.

Already Guyana has named one representative to actively compete in Barbados in the person of Junior Calypso Monarch 2017, T’shanna Cort who signed a contract to compete for the Caribbean Youth Calypso Monarch against other regional contenders.

It is proposed that before Guyana’s Contingent wing-out to Barbados, that their package should be showcased locally. (Article via Minister Nicolette Henry’s Facebook page)