Folk Festival to award 38 Guyanese
Kaieteur News
July 18, 2004

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The New York-based Guyana Folk Festival will award thirty-eight Guyanese, some of them dead, during its third annual Wordsworth McAndrew Award. The thirty-eight awards represent the number of years of Guyana’s independence. Those nominated have made important contributions to Guyana’s cultural life.

The awardees have shared their talents through broadcasting, cultural promotion, drama, music, painting, theatre, and writing. Many of the awardees have produced work in the genre related to this year’s festival theme: Guyanese Words: Written, Spoken, Sung, and Drawn.

Among those whose works have been notable for decades are: Edgar Mittelholzer, Jan Carew, Denis Williams, and the Rogers brothers, Eddie and Bert.

Wordsworth McAndrew is one of Guyana’s leading folklorist, poet, and creative artists. Through his work as a broadcaster in Guyana during the 1960s and 1970s, he helped to make Guyanese recognise and feel proud of their mythological and folkloric heritage. His study and celebration of Guyanese language and culture is an inspiration to the humble radio listener and to the scholar.

He used all media available to explain and promote Guyanese cultural characteristics. Wordsworth McAndrew is a pioneer. The 2004 Wordsworth McAndrew awardees were selected from a list of one hundred and fifty persons nominated by Guyanese worldwide. A committee chaired by Ron Lammy and Tangerine Clarke made its selection from a combination of attributes defined by originality, scope, impact / influence, integration, pioneering spirit, challenges and achievements.

The Awards Ceremony and Dinner Dance is billed for September 3, at the Rose Castle Grand Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York.

The awardees are:

1. Andre Sobryan -Theatre

2. Aubrey Cummings – Music

3. Aubrey Williams - Painting

4. Basil Hinds - Broadcasting

5. Bert Rogers - Music

6. Charlie Knights - Music

7. Chuck Girard - Music

8. Claire Goring - Cultural Promotion

9. Clairmonte Taitt - Broadcasting

10. Daphne Elaine Rogers - Drama

11. David Dabydeen - Writing

12. Denis Williams - Painting

13. Desiree Edgehill - Drama

14. Eddie Hooper - Music

15. Eddie Rogers - Music

16. Edgar Mittelholzer - Writing

17. Henry Muttoo - Theatre

18. Henry Rodney -Theatre

19. Jan Carew - Writing

20. John Agard & Grace Nicholls - Writing

21. John Rickford - Writing

22. Keith Proctor - Music

23. Malcolm Hall - Dance

24. Marc Matthews -Theatre

25. Michael Gilkes - Writing

26. Moses Josiah - Music

27. Philip Forrester - Music

28. Pitra Pyari - Dance

29. Rector Schultz - Music

30. Romanie Kalicharran - Dance

31. Ron Robinson -Theatre

32. Rudolph Shaw -Theatre

33. Sheik Sadeek - Writing

34. Uncle Ramdhani - Music

35. Victor Davson - Painting

36. Victor Forsythe - Broadcasting

37. Wilson Harris - Writing

38. Wrickford Dalgetty - Music

The 2004 Guyanese cultural heritage celebration begins with a symposium on Guyanese Words: Written, Spoken, Sung and Drawn at the Columbia University of New York campus in Manhattan on September 3.

On September 5, the Folk Festival Family Day will take place in Brooklyn and will feature folk games, including one-tip two-tip cricket, arts and crafts, Guyanese cuisine, queh-queh dancing, tassa drumming, May pole plaiting and other exciting cultural presentations.