Jun 30, 2008 News Comments Off on CARIFESTA X fever hits Berbice
NEW AMSTERDAM, BERBICE – Berbicians were given a prelude to CARIFESTA X on Saturday night. The activity, which was held at the compound of the New Amsterdam Technical Institute, was free of charge and attracted hundreds of persons from as far as Corriverton and Georgetown.
Chairman of the Region Six CARIFESTA X Committee, Faizal Jaffarally, explained that the event was aimed at raising awareness and was mainly an attempt to ensure that every one contracts the ‘CARIFESTA fever.’
The Region Six Administration, though an organizer, was able to pull together a number of artistes from several sections of East Berbice/Corentyne.
Many of the performers were drawn mainly from youth groups, primary and secondary schools, as well as religious bodies.
The National Steel Orchestra serenaded the crowd with a number of renditions. Folklores were visibly enacted. Though it was no full moon night, the ‘Moon Gazer’ came out, as did the ‘Baccoo’ and the ‘Massacuraman.’ It was a sight to behold as persons waved their national flags and bandanas and gyrated to the tempo signalling that they are ready for CARIFESTA X.
A number of other activities would be held across East Berbice/Corentyne both leading up to and during the much talked about CARIFESTA X.
According to Mr. Jaffarally, some of these would take the form of visual arts, culture, craft and book expositions, and a youth village which would feature both local and foreign participants.
Chief Executive Officer of the CARIFESTA X Secretariat, Neil Dharamlall, indicated that the secretariat is proceeding steadfastly to unroll the Guyana host plan for CARIFESTA X. “This evening’s (Saturday night’s) prelude to CARIFESTA in Region Six is indicative of the work that we have put in at all levels — individually, regionally and nationally — to ensure that the festivities are successfully hosted in Guyana.”
He expressed gratitude to the Region Six CARIFESTA Committee for their efforts at enhancing the upcoming event.
According to Region Six Chairman, Zulfikar Mustapha, East Berbice/Corentyne is the first organiser to pull off activities for the big event. In 1972, he noted, the activities were centred in Georgetown, but this time around it is different.
He urged Berbicians to support the occasion, and in so doing create a lasting impression on visitors.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Dr. Frank Anthony, pointed out that this is the second time around for Guyana as host country, and the country is expected to see visitors from 28 countries, with some 2,000 delegates. Events are expected to take the form of music, dance, poetry and writing, among others. The one-week experience will feature more than 100 events in a number of locations.
Minister Anthony called on all Guyanese to make CARIFESTA X a memorable affair.
President Bharrat Jagdeo noted that, despite the odds, Guyana was able to assume the ready position in one year, rather than the two normally given to pull off such preparations. This was not unusual for organizers since experience was gained from organizing events such as World Cup Cricket, the Rio Summit and the like.
He said it was 36 years ago that Guyana hosted CARIFESTA, and he is optimistic that this time around it would be even bigger and better.
Delegates are expected from Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela, and hopefully from as far as China and India, along with several other countries. According to him, every aspect of the country’s culture would be put on show.
The Head of State pointed out that with the more than 2,000 visitors that are likely to be on these shores, more jobs would be created.
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