Jul 05, 2008 News Comments Off on Major religions get $5M each for Carifesta
Each of the three main religious organizations in Guyana was given $5M to work on their individual religious nights that will be hosted during Carifesta X.
The Christian community will be hosting ‘Carifesta Gospel Celebration’ on August 28 at the National Stadium.
During the weekly press briefing to update the country on the plans for the mega-event, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, said that three committees were set up to deal with the Hindu night, Muslim night and Christian night.
He added that these committees are progressing well.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Pastor Kwame Gilbert, who is on the Christian night committee, said that the community considers it a ‘privilege’ to have been given the opportunity to be part of the significant event.
Highlighting some of the plans for the night, Gilbert said that four international gospel artistes have been contracted.
These persons are from Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and St. Lucia.
Not neglecting the local performers, Gilbert noted that a lot of emphasis is being placed on Guyanese talent.
“We have been working with a lot of our local gospel artistes. They have actually started rehearsing. Delegations from within the committee have been visiting various regions within the country to identify talents,” the pastor told the media.
Given the fact that the Christian community has always been having productions throughout the year, he said, it was not very difficult for the committee ‘to pull on some of the existing talents that are out there.’
“We have also looked in areas where persons have not been very exposed to try and see how we can also pull on those talents that have not come to national stage. So, with that in mind, we have been meeting with some groups and talking with them and looking at what they are presenting.”
This concert, he added, will not only express the gospel message, but will highlight the cultural diversity of the nation.
“We will be having a presentation of bhajans, which will be presenting the gospel message in Hindi. We want to not only have the regular singing and poetry. We also want to bring in other areas of creativity that we have not seen demonstrated before,” Gilbert added.
Designers and intellectual properties of the people within the Christian community, such as CD’s, books, and other art forms, will also be on display.
The success of Carifesta, Gilbert told the media, will be determined by how well the various committees and various events coordinators are able to put everything together for the ultimate success of the event. Meanwhile, the accreditation process for the event has already begun.
Commenting on this process, Dr. Anthony said that Government officials and staff within the Carifesta Secretariat have already been certified for the event. Because of the amount of persons who have to be accredited, a full-time centre has been established for this process.
This centre is located next door to the Carifesta Secretariat in Middle Street, Georgetown.
“Some of the countries have already sent in their lists, but some others are still lagging behind with all the information that we need.”
The secretariat will create various designs for the different categories of people.
“Different categories of people will be getting different types of cards which will allow them access into the venues,” Dr. Anthony said.
The talent search for Carifesta will begin today in Linden, while a similar concert will be hosted in Berbice next Saturday.
Yesterday, the minister also released the names of the winners of the ‘Child Art’ competition.
In the 8/11-year-old category, the winner is Natasha Issacs of Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara, while in the 12-14-year category Chantel Lewis of Craig Street, Campbell won. Winston Alexander of Hauraruni, Long Creek, Soesdyke/Linden Highway won the 15/18-year-old category.
These winners will each receive a mountain bicycle along with a $15,000 book voucher. (Tusika Martin)
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