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Release August 7, 2005
Guyana Folk Festival 2005
preserving, promoting, propagating Guyanese Culture
Wednesday August 31 - Sunday September 4, 2005
Exciting Labor Day Weekend Events
"Guyanese Celebrating Our Cultural Heritage"
Guyana Folk Festival Awards
Ceremony & Cocktail Reception
Wednesday August 31, 2005
Historic Borough Hall Rotunda
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Paying Tribute to 39 Outstanding Guyanese
"Come to My Queh-Queh"
Come "Show Meh Yuh Motion"
at an Evening of Dance, Food & Musical Celebration
Friday September 2, 2005
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
The Courtyard, 926 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
(Between Washington & Grand)
"The Lio Britton's Queh-Queh Group" from Guyana
"Akoyah and the Queh-Queh Jammers"
Many other Queh-Queh Groups
Symposium - "Celebrating Guyanese Dance"
Saturday September 3, 2005
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York 10007
Co-Sponsors: Department of African American Studies
OHIO University, Athens, Ohio
Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY
Registration Fee: $25.00
Folk Festival Family Day
Sunday September 4, 2005
Meyer Levin School Grounds
(Corner of Ralph Avenue & Beverley Road)
Brooklyn, New York
12 NOON - 8:00 PM
Adults $10 children under 13 free
Live Performances on Stage -
15-member Cultural Troupe from Guyana
"The Pageant of the People"
- an exciting dramatic presentation by over 60 Guyanese children
using song, dance and costumes to tell the story of the people who
came to Guyana.
Kids Obstacle Races
Hoola Hoop Competitions
Steelband, Choirs, Solos, Masquerade...
(Call for rules and information)
Exhibition and sale of Guyanese Arts and Crafts
Guyanese food and much more...
August 7, 2005
The Guyana Folk Festival announces its 2005 annual
Guyana Cultural Association Folk Festival Awards. Thirty-nine
awards, one for every year of Guyana's independence, will be presented
at an Award Ceremony on August 31, 2005 at the Brooklyn Borough Hall,
New York. The honorees will be featured in both the Guyana Folk print
magazine and on the website:
The 2005 list of honorees recognizes many stalwarts of
Guyanese Dance expression in acknowledgment of this year's Festival
theme: Celebrating Guyanese Dance. Among the awardees are two
outstanding contributors. This year for the first time, The Guyana Folk
Festival will award a special Exemplary Award and the Guyana
Cultural Association Wordsworth McAndrew Lifetime Achievement Award.
Madame Lavinia Williams receives the special
Exemplary Award for her role in the formation and development of the
National Dance Company of Guyana.
Doris Harper Wills is accorded the Guyana
Cultural Association, Wordsworth McAndrew Lifetime Achievement Award for
pioneering work in the dance art form.
In addition to dance, every major art form has been
recognized in the broad-based selection of nominees in Guyanese culture.
All Honorees are selected through an open process of call for
nominations from the global Guyanese Diaspora. A selection committee
evaluates each nomination considering seven attributes in our selection
criteria: originality, scope, impact / influence, integration,
pioneering spirit, challenges and achievements. The honorees represent
exemplary models in their discipline.
Attendance at the Award Ceremony at the Rotunda of the
Brooklyn Borough Hall, New York is by invitation. If you have any
questions and prefer to call, kindly contact our Cultural Director,
Claire Goring at 718.209.5207 for more information regarding this Award
Ceremony or other Guyana Folk Festival events. You can also visit
www.guyfolkfest.org or send an
Ronald H. Lammy
Co-Chairs, Guyana Cultural Association Folk Festival Awards Selection
2005 LIST OF HONOREES
Wills, Doris Harper
2004 GUYANA CULTURAL ASSOCIATION FOLK FESTIVAL
AWARD SELECTION CRITERIA
Originality: This attribute refers to nature of
the idea, expression, or product/innovation. The term "expression"
is used here to refer to more than verbal expressions and can
include any manifestation of Guyanese creativity from plait bread,
butter flaps, peddle pushers, music, paintings, our cuisine, etc.
Scope: Did the idea, expression,
product/innovation have ramifications/consequences beyond the
village, county, region, etc? Has it been long lasting? Here we also
consider factors that could have constrained/restricted the scope of
the idea, expression, product/innovation.
Impact/Influence: Did the idea, expression, or
product/innovation have economic, political, cultural, and social
Integration: Did the idea, expression, or
product/innovation contribute to social, cultural, and political
harmony? Also, did it lead to the improvement of cultural
Pioneering Spirit: Pioneering spirit refers to an
idea, expression, and product/innovation that was introduced even in
the face of derision.
Challenges: This refers to Guyanese who have
overcome physical, psychological, economic, social, residential,
cultural, and political barriers to make a contribution that
satisfies some of the criteria/attributes listed at 1 through 5.
Achievements: This refers to the nominee's body
of work. It is not a mere quantitative measure---"Nuff is not always