“Mash Night” returns after two-year hiatus
DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, February 22, 2018
The ‘Mash Night’ event, which is the first leg first leg of judging for the grand Mashramani Float and Costume parade, saw hundreds of spectators turning out to witness the event at the Square of Revolution last evening.
The event as coined by the organisers returned following a two-year hiatus. Dr. George Norton, Minister Social Cohesion who holds the responsibility for Youth Culture and Sports, explained that the event was0 introduced to allow persons to get a greater understanding of the pieces.
The Minister said he was quite impressed with the turnout, and “the event is here to stay.” He expressed optimism that in the future more corporate sponsors will come on board.
Director of Culturem Tamika Boatswain explained that the turnout at the event demonstrates that Guyanese are investing in their culture.
“This event is the beginning of a new approach to culture and we certainly like to get the calypsonians to present more music, Soca, and Chutney. The chutney dance was a new element and perhaps throughout the year, once we have the financial resources we can have more activities to get the creative industries a chance to produce more,” Boatswain said.
The Culture Director is hopeful that more activities can be held throughout the year.
Entries for 18 bands, Mash King and Queen, individual male and female costumes were all on display. The other half of the judging will be done on Friday, February 23, when the entire float procession will hit the road to Durban Park.
By: Zanneel Williams