Twenty four countries to participate in CARIFESTA XI

Twenty four countries to participate in CARIFESTA XI

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Twenty four countries from across the region have confirmed their participation in the Caribbean Festival of Arts and Culture (CARIFESTA), scheduled to be held in Suriname, August 16 to 25.
Chairman of the Host Country Management Committee (HCMC), Ivan Graanoogst made the disclosure at a recent press conference held at the Headquarters of Carifesta XI in Paramaribo. 
He said Carifesta XI will not only take place in the capital, but across all ten districts in the country.
 “This means that we will have to conduct a massive logistical operation which not only accommodates the Surinamese participants, but also ensures that our guests arrive on time and are provided with everything they need to perform at the designated venues,” he said.
Coordinator of the Surinamese contingent for Carifesta XI, Siegmien Staphorst said Suriname will be participating in all aspects of Carifesta XI, with special attention to the visual arts starting with the opening ceremony “Welcome to Suriname”.
She said dance and music from all ethnic groups in the country have been incorporated into the Surinamese productions, adding that apart from traditional, classical, martial arts and modern experimental dances, performances of next generation Surinamese dancers and choreographers will also be included in presentations by the Surinamese contingent.
Jazz diva Denise Jannah, the IKO Foundation, Wycliffe Jean, the Cuban Tropicana Ballet, the Jamaican group No-Maddz, the Haitian Bacoulou Dance Company and Shaolin Monks from China, are included in the programme currently being prepared for Carifesta XI.

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