THE ANNUAL FOLK FESTIVAL SEASONS HAVE PROVIDED THE PLATFORMS TO SHOWCASE, TO CELEBRATE, AND TO DOCUMENT THIS HERITAGE
GCA LAUNCHES 2017 FOLK FESTIVAL SEASON
Theme: We Bridgin’
CELEBRATING OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE
“Treasure the inheritance ”
BRING TOGETHER A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL EXPLORATION AND CELEBRATION ON GUYANA’S INDIGENOUS HERITAGE
The aim of the 16th annual Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, New York is to provide the Guyanese, Caribbean, and Brooklyn communities with a satisfying introduction to Guyana’s indigenous heritage and creativity.
One stream in contemporary Guyanese archeology focuses on the terra preta mounds in the Berbice savannahs.
Artifacts excavated from those mounds have been carbon dated as being over 5,000 years old.
In this long heritage, Guyana’s indigenous peoples have been the stewards of the nations’ natural resources that lie beyond the “forever reaching in” coastal island. Our indigenous heritage has enriched all aspects of Guyanese life—imagination, food, science and technology, and aesthetics.
The 2017 Folk Festival Season will through its signature events, highlight these themes—stewardship, imagination, cuisine, science and technology, and art; and in partnership with the American Indian Community House (AICH), connect the Guyana experience with that of other indigenous communities in in New York City. AICH represents 75 Native American ethnicities in New York City.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CARIBBEAN HERITAGE SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES
(July 5-August 10, 2017}
MONDAY – THURSDAY: 9.00 A.M. – 3.00 P.M.
STEPHEN’S CHURCH AUDITORIUM
2806 NEWKIRK AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11226
The curriculum for workshops will readings and performance of stories, songs and dances from the Guyanese repertoire. In 2017, we intend to widen the age range of participants to include teenagers-13-15 in a series of applied workshops in digital production and web design. An expected outcome from this cohort is a documentary record of the season
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30, 2017; 6.00 P.M.
BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL
209 JORALEMON STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11201
SYMPOSIUM & LITERARY HANG
(Thursday, August 31, and Saturday, September 2, 2017)
Venue to be announced
The two-day event is launched with a keynote address by a distinguished Guyanese. Over these two days, through the keynote address/Dr. Desry Fox-Caesar inaugural lecture, panels, papers, displays, exhibitions, films, videos, posters, performances, and other forms of creative expression, the Symposium and Literary Hang will examine themes such as, but not limited to:
- creation stories of Guyana’s indigenous peoples.
- the state of Guyanese archeology
- science and technology in contemporary indigenous communities in Guyana
- conservation and stewardship of “Guyana verde.”
- Innovations in contemporary Guyanese art
- Visioning the future: Implementing Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs’ sustainable development strategic plan
KWE KWE NITE
(Friday, September 1, 2017)
FRIDAY, SEPT. 1, 2017: 8.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
STEPHENS CHURCH AUDITORIUM
2806 NEWKIRK AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11226
(Bet. East 28 – East 29 Streets)
For 2017, it is expected that the Kwe Kwe Ensemble will incorporate Mari Mari and CalyMari riddims and styles to their repertoire. It is also anticipated that their will be a marriage-related performance by a Guyanese or AICH troupe.
FAMILY FUN DAY
(Sunday, September 3, 2017)
We visualize the following: The “Benab” in the Children Village. Between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., the children-friendly Benab will be the center of activities on Family Fun Day. We anticipate hand-on micro-workshops in story-telling, singing, dance, art and craft.
Main Stage Performance.
Attention is being given to creating a new work featuring Guyanese and AICH performers.
POP-UP ART EXHIBITION
An exhibition and sale of work of Guyana’s Balata art is anticipated. This exhibition can “pop up” during the Symposium and Literary Hang and Family Fun Day.
Dr. Vibert Cambridge AA
President, Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc.