Surinamese artists donate painting to CARICOM Secretariat

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A group of artists from Suriname who were in Guyana to showcase their work at the Suriname Art Expo, on Friday presented the CARICOM Secretary-General with a painting for the CARICOM Secretariat. The presentation took place at the CARICOM Secretariat. The painting was a collaborative effort of all the artists whose work was on exhibition from April 19-21, 2017. The artists were from the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname(FVAS).

In a brief address to the artists, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, welcomed them to Guyana and commended them for the work that they were doing which he said was important in enhancing the culture of the Region. He also encouraged them to expand their exhibition to other CARICOM Member States.

The exhibition at the Umana Yana in Georgetown was part one of an exchange programme between Suriname and Guyana and will include a return visit of Guyanese artists to Suriname.


Three-day Suriname Art Expo underway at Umana Yana, Guyana

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Art enthusiasts in Guyana now have the opportunity to see the work of artists from Suriname at the Suriname Art Expo which is being held at the Umana Yana Georgetown Guyana.

The three-day event was officially declared open on Wednesday and features 15 artists who are members of the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname. The exhibition is part one of an exchange programme between Suriname and Guyana and will include a return visit of Guyanese artists to Suriname.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Expo, Assistant Secretary General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Cox, said that the exchange programme fitted into the framework of the Community’s Strategic Plan.

“Culture is seen as a pillar for building economic and social resilience, as well as strengthening CARICOM identity and spirit of the Community. Culture is a unifying force in regionalism and important to the success of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. Culture promotes social cohesion and inclusiveness and contributes to wealth creation and the reduction of poverty,” he said.


In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.


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CARICOM Secretariat collaborates to host Suriname Art Expo in Guyana next week

Suriname Art Expo

A group of Surinamese artists, with help from the CARICOM Secretariat and Governments of Guyana and Suriname, will be visiting Guyana April 19-21 to host an Art Expo. They are from the Federation of Visual Artists Suriname (FVAS). The exhibition will last for three days from 10:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs at Umana Yana on Main Street in Georgetown and is titled ‘SURINAME ART EXPO 2017′.

This exhibition  is part one of an exchange programme between Suriname and Guyana in the field of Visual Art. The second part of the exchange will be a return visit of Guyanese artists to Suriname.

Work by artists Anand Binda, Robbert Enfield, Glenn Fung Loy, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Dakaya Lenz, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, Ardie Setropawiro, George Struikelblok, Sancha Sullivan, Manuela Tjin A Soe, Patrick Tjon and Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi will be showcased at the event.


Importance of sport discussed as CARICOM SG, FIFA President meet in Georgetown

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Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Mr. Giovanni Infantino, agreed on the importance of sport to youth development and to society as a whole.

Mr. Infantino paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Tuesday at the Georgetown, Guyana, Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.

Ambassador LaRocque informed the FIFA President that sports persons were among the original categories under the free movement of skills regime of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The Secretary-General said that sports was valuable as a social investment which could assist in channeling the youth towards positive endeavours and as a means of instilling discipline. It could also provide a career path, the Secretary-General added.

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