Inaugural ‘Folk Night’ takes centre stage  

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Guyana’s unique diverse folk traditions, food and games took centre stage at the Mashramani Folk Night held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC), on Tuesday, evening as part of the Department of Social Cohesion’s Mashramani activities.

Director of Culture, Tamika Boatswain noted that since this was the first ever folk night, the huge support came as a pleasant surprise.

“We were really surprised by the audience we had out here. It was very diverse. Persons were here very early; they participated in games from hopscotch, ring dance, dog and bone, drama and so much more.”

She explained that the folk extravaganza forms part of the department’s effort to spotlight the country’s rich diverse cultures.

“This, I believe, is the start of a tradition that we will continue to maintain across the years because of how well the public has responded.”

The Department of Public Information (DPI) spoke to some of the participants about their experience during the event.

Esan Azore, one of the participants, explained that he recently returned to Guyana after quite some time away and while he is already impressed with the progress made in the country, this event solidifies his love for his homeland.

“I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the culture here; everything, all of the different cultures were represented well. One of the most impressive things I have seen at every level. There are steel pans… I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a Guyanese; the culture is enormous. I love it!” Azore said.

Zoey Moore, another participant, said: “So far, it is going really well, and I am glad to see the great turn out, and I hope they do this more often.”

Though Mashramani is just a few days away, the department still has a packed week of activities which includes the start of the Clean and Bright Up Guyana competition across all regions which officially began today, and the country-wide flag raising events on Friday, February 22.

Neola Damon.

Images: Jules Gibson.