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Dear Colleagues:

Greetings and best wishes in this the 40th year of Guyana's independence.

This e-mail is to share with you the plans that are emerging for Guyana Folk Festival 2006.

For the past five years, the Guyana Cultural Association, a New York-based, non-profit organization, has organized the Guyana Folk Festival which is becoming an important end-of-summer holiday destination for the Guyanese and Caribbean diaspora.

Each year, the festival is organized around a theme. In past years the themes have been "Celebrating Guyanese music," "Celebrating the Guyanese word," "Celebrating Guyanese dance." In 2006, the theme is "Carifesta 72 Revisited: Celebrating Our Caribbean Culture"

Background

Just six years after independence, Guyana hosted the most important cultural event in contemporary Caribbean history--Carifesta 72. For three weeks (August 25 to September 15), the Caribbean expressive culture bloomed in Guyana. The festival celebrated the region's intergenerational and multiracial heritage, transcended the narrow geographies of history and revealed the important role of creative expression in the region's future development. Carifesta 72 was one of Guyana's important gifts to the region during its 40 years of independence.

The goal of Guyana Folk Festival 2006 is to celebrate the several threads that make up the Caribbean cultural tapestry and the ties that bind the peoples of the Caribbean, at home and in diaspora.

The 2006 Program

The emerging program shows that this year's festival will start in June 2006 and will end with the popular Folk Festival Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 3, 2006. What follows are some of the emerging highlights:

Festival of Guyanese Film: This program scheduled for Friday, June 30; Saturday, July 1; and Sunday, July 2 will showcase films made by Guyanese or about Guyana. The venue will be the Meyer Levin School Auditorium, Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

Festival of Performing Arts: This program scheduled for Saturday, July 29; Sunday, July30; Saturday, August 5; and Sunday, August 6 will celebrate Caribbean performing arts. The venue will be the Meyer Levin School Auditorium, Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

The Guyana Cultural Association's Awards Ceremony. This event for members and special invitees is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, 2006. The venue is to be announced.

Come to My Kwe Kwe. This event is scheduled for Friday, September 1, 2006. The venue is to be announced.

The Symposium. The 2006 Folk Festival symposium will examine Guyana's place in Caribbean creativity. This event will take place at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York on Saturday, September 2, 2006. Prior to the New York symposium, a series of seminars on the same theme will be organized in Guyana, Atlanta, Florida, and the Cayman Islands.

Folk Festival Family Fun Day. This event is scheduled for Sunday, September 3, 2005 at the Meyer Levin School Ground, Ralph Avenue (between Tilden & Beverly), Brooklyn, New York.

The Guyana Cultural Association, organizers of the Guyana Folk Festival, seek your usual support and participation. I will keep you updated as further information becomes available.

For further details on the Guyana Cultural Association and previous Guyana Folk Festivals, please visit:
http://www.guyfolkfest.org/


(Special Thanks to James C. Richmond and all the organizers of these most important event in the history of Guyana ...)
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