Guyana Folk Festival 2004,
September 3–5, 2004.
By Ronald H. Lammy, eCaroh Caribbean Emporium,
July 16 2004
The Guyana Folk Festival announces its third annual Wordsworth
McAndrew Award. In 2004, thirty-eight awards, representing the
number of years of Guyana’s independence, are presented to
individuals who have made outstanding 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.
Among those whose works have been notable for decades are Edgar
Mittelholzer, Jan Carew, Denis Williams and the Rogers brothers,
Eddie and Bert. The accomplishments of all the awardees have
mutuality with the spirit of the man for whom the award is named.
Wordsworth McAndrew is one of Guyana's leading folklorists,
poets, and creative artists. Through his work as a radio broadcaster
in Guyana during the 1960s and 1970s, he helped Guyanese recognize
and feel proud of their mythological and folkloric heritage. His
study and celebration of Guyanese language and culture is an
inspiration to both the humble radio listener and to the university
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.
The committee made its thoughtful selections from a combination of
attributes defined by the following criteria: Originality, scope,
impact / influence, integration, pioneering spirit, challenges and
achievements. The Awards Ceremony and Dinner Dance is Friday,
September 3, 2004 at 8 pm at the Rose Castle Grand Ballroom in
Brooklyn, New York.
Tickets are available by telephone at 718-209-5207 and online at
The 2004 Guyanese cultural heritage celebration begins with a
Guyanese Words: Written, Spoken,
Sung and Drawn
at the Columbia University of New York campus in Manhattan. The
opening session is from 12 noon to 4pm on Friday September 3, 2004.
The symposium continues at the same location on Saturday, September
4, 2004 at 10 am culminating with a performance at 6pm. Guyana Folk
Festival is the presenter of the symposium. It is co-sponsored by
The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, through the
auspices of eCaroh Caribbean Emporium, and Ohio University’s
Department of African American Studies.
On Sunday 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, maypole plaiting and other exciting